Lee Kuan Yew was a fourth-generation Singaporean of ethnic Chinese ancestry of mostly Hakka and Peranakan descent.
Lee Kuan Yew was born on September 16, 1923, in Singapore. He was a son of Lee Chin Koon and Chua Jim Neo. The family had lived in the colony for more than half a century by the time of his birth, absorbing the culture of the indigenous Malays and the colonial British. Lee Kuan Yew also had three brothers and a sister.