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Thus we learn that the greatest majority of top-performing girls at Parkview are Chinese science-streamed students, enormously influenced by the cultural concept of kiasu, or fear of losing.
The Hokkien or Singlish word kiasu, which means "fear of losing" or "fear of missing out," typifies this behavior.
A Preliminary Study of Kiasu Behaviour--Is It Unique to Singapore?
Rather, the reasoning stems from an inextricable facet of the Singaporean psyche--being kiasu, or Hokkien for 'afraid ttell you.
Among these words are kongsi (association or partnership), towkay (a wealthy Chinese businessman, boss), tapau (take away food) and kiasu (fear of losing out to other people) (Hashim and Leitner 2011).
So just in case you were wondering, the moral of the story is donOt knock kiasu.
In other words, these authors seem to have conflated what the PAP regime has called 'Chinese' values--a strong interest in good education and a kiasu (afraid-of-losing) approach to work, study and life (pp.
Inspectors visiting the Kam Tong, Hung Tao and Kiasu restaurants in Queensway, Bayswater, west London, found mouse droppings all over the kitchens and cockroach eggs in the dim sum and baskets of prawn crackers Owner Ronald Lim, of Barnet, north London, was fined pounds 30,000 plus pounds 18,131 costs and given an eight-month jail term suspended for two years at Southwark Crown Court after admitting 17 counts of breaching food hygiene regulations.
177, notes 67-9), and Jack Neo's film Money no enough has eloquently captured the angst surrounding streaming and kiasu schooling.
72) In this respect, the so-called "cult" of vulnerability (as Leifer has put it (73)) that apparently underscores Singapore's official security thinking is not restricted solely to the paranoia of its political leaders; it is equally redolent and symptomatic of the kiasu (fear of losing out) mentality often attributed to ordinary Singaporeans.
Mee (1935), kiasu (1978), kongsi (1839), lah (1972), pekoe (1713), Teochew (1893).
An excellent example is the Hokkien-derived adjective kiasu (pronounced "kee-ah-soo"), meaning 'fear of losing out to others' or 'losing face.