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Symposium on The History of Overseas Chinese in Singapore

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Introduction and Keynote Lecture

Chinese in Singapore: Parallels, Continuities, What’s New
Wang Gungwu 王賡武
University Professor, National University of Singapore

10:45 AM - 12:25 PM | Panel 1: Chinese Education in Colonial and Post-Colonial Singapore

"An Introduction to the Chinese Textbook Used by the Colonial Government for the Civil Service"
Kua Bak Lim 柯木林
Council Member and Chairman of the Research Committee, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations

"Disappearing Chinese Vernacular Schools in Singapore: Post-WWII British Decolonization and Lee Kong Chian’s Failed Struggle"
Huang Jianli 黃堅立
Associate Professor of History, National University of Singapore

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Panel 2: Exhibition and Research of Historical Chinese Culture

"SINGAPO人: Examining Chinese Singapore Culture through the Lens of Exhibition-making"
Low Sze Wee 劉思偉
Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

"New Approaches to the History of Overseas Chinese in Singapore: Introducing the Singapore Historical GIS (SHGIS) and the Singapore Biographical Database (SBDB)"
Kenneth Dean 丁荷生
Raffles Professor of Humanities and Head, Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | Panel 3: The Articulation of Chinese Identities in Singapore

"Shaping Singapore’s Chinese Identities"
Kwa Chong Guan 柯宗元
Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University
Adjunct Associate Professor (Honorary), History Department, National University of Singapore

"Racializing ‘Chinese’ in Southeast Asia: The Case of Singapore at the Turn of the 20th Century"
Kwee Hui Kian 郭慧娟
Associate Professor of Chinese, National University of Singapore


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