Lee Kuan Yew’s Chinese Tutor

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/remembering-lee-kuan-yew-his-chinese-tutor-he-was-gentle

Read more about late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s lifelong desire to master the Chinese language, and how he was a ‘gentle lion’ to his Chinese tutor.

Koh Hock Kiat, 54, is the former director of the Confucius Institute at the Nanyang Technological University

I still remember clearly the first Chinese lesson I conducted for Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

It was a rainy day in 2006. Even though I was well-prepared, I was slightly nervous as I stepped into the Istana to make my way to his office, where the lesson was to be held.

Mr Lee, after all, was Singapore’s founding father. Many viewed him as a stern man, not to be crossed, a “shi zi” (lion), as some would say in Chinese.

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