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Smart Rice for a SMART Nation | Lai Yong Tan | TEDxNUS
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Added Jul 20, 2016
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In this evocative talk, Dr Tan explores Singapore’s vision to be a Smart Nation - one which harnesses the power of technology to improve living, create economic opportunities and build a closer community. Drawing parallels from his 14 years of humanitarian work in Yunan, Dr Tan discusses the human aspects of being a SMART Nation and how the pursuit of this hinges on addressing the reality, interests and concerns of the people.

Dubbed the ‘Wandering Saint’ of Singapore, Dr Tan Lai Yong is a Residential Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the College of Alice & Peter Tan (CAPT), NUS, and the Director for Outreach & Community Engagement. Dr Tan is no stranger to community involvement and humanitarian work, foregoing a comfortable life in Singapore to spend 14 years (from 1996) establishing medical programmes in rural China aiding disadvantaged villagers. Even after his time in China, Dr Tan continues to help build up communities in Singapore, organizing events for migrant workers, the disadvantaged, and even programmes that aim to foster family cohesion.
Dr Tan teaches a module at the National University of Singapore called Hidden Communities, which highlights the issue of elderly who live alone, the difficulties of ex-offenders finding jobs and the living conditions of migrant workers.

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