Chinese Entrepreneurs in Singapore: Paths to Success Essay

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Chinese Entrepreneurs in Singapore: Paths to Success Due to the economic hardships and threat of Japanese invasion in China in the first half of the 20th century, many men left their homeland in search of success and opportunities abroad. One of the places that many of them migrated to was Singapore. This new and foreign place was fraught with obstacles; however, some of these Chinese men eventually achieved great success. The success of these Chinese entrepreneurs in Singapore was not only due to their personal determination, but it was also contingent upon their social ties, and the economic and political conditions. In the following essay, the experiences of Ng Teow Yhee and Chew Choo Keng will be referred to extensively to…show more content…
Fearing for his life, Ng went abroad with the goal in mind of obtaining a stable job that would allow him to afford three meals a day and earn enough money to send home to his parents so that they would not have to suffer so much. Initially, he did not plan on going to Singapore because of the negative impressions he had about it; however, since he was unable to obtain a permit in the Philippines, he was forced to go to Singapore anyways. (Chan & Chiang, 51) Similarly, Chew had no intention of going abroad but was forced to because of the war. However, his situation was a bit different—in 1934, he actually voluntarily registered for conscription. (Chan & Chiang, 89) His parents disapproved and sent him abroad to earn a living. Thus, he arrived in Singapore in 1936. By that time, he had made up his mind only to succeed and earn money to send back to his parents in order to make them happy. (Chan & Chiang, 90-91) This shows that from the beginning, both these men had the determination to improve their own, as well as their families’ financial situations and well-being. They had the initial drive towards economic innovation and risk-taking, which eventually allowed them to achieve great success. However, their hardworking disposition was not the only precondition necessary to facilitate successful entrepreneurship and thus should not be considered to be only factor that lead to their success, since in many cases, others with the same

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