Kwa Chong Guan,Kua Bak Lim

A General History of the Chinese in Singapore

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The book documents over 700 years of Singapore's history from her early years, even before Sir Stamford Raffles' arrival. More specifically, it documents the life and development of the Chinese community in Singapore, as well as the role of the Chinese community in growing the nation's economic, societal, cultural and even political scenes.
With 'Pride in our Past, Legacy for our Future' as its key objective, this book aims to preserve the Singapore Chinese story, history and heritage for future generations, as well as keep our cultures and traditions alive. Therefore, the book aims to serve as a comprehensive guide for Singaporeans, new immigrants and foreigners to have an epitome of the Singapore society.
Contents: Singapore before RafflesSingapore Chinese CommunityQing Government and Singapore Chinese CommunityChina-born and Straits-born ChineseChinese Printing and Dailies in SingaporeTraditional Chinese Culture and Religious BeliefsChinese Education in SingaporeCulture and ArtMoney by Mail to China: Chinese Remittance and Remittance Houses in SingaporeChinese Business CommunityOverseas Chinese National Salvation MovementLife in Syonan-ToPolitical Awakening and Nation-BuildingChinese Society in the 21st Century: Consolidation and IntegrationAppendices:Chronology of Singapore Chinese HistoryFifty Chinese Pioneers in SingaporeFifty Historical Monuments and Artefacts
Readership: Researchers, students, historians and the general public interested in the history of the Chinese community in Singapore. Singapore Chinese;Overseas Chinese;Chinese Migration;Chinese Sojourners in Southeast Asia0Key Features:This book compiles the works of over 25 prominent authors and professionals with expertise in Singapore's history and documents over 700 years of Singapore history and its Chinese community. It is the first book of its kindThe tome, consisting of 700 years of history differs from Song Ong Siang's book which only documents 100 years of Singapore history between 1819 and 1919. Additionally, as Singapore experienced huge leaps of growth and transformations since 1919, we believe that the Federation's book will build on to the work of Song Ong Siang and fill up the missing 100-year gap in Singapore's historyPrime Minister Lee Hsien Loong commends the volume as a precious gift to the Chinese community and encourages the public to purchase a copy and understand more of Singapore's history. Also, the Chinese edition of this book attracted much attention from the global Chinese community, with several foreign publishers endeavoring to purchase its overseas copyright for areas including China and Taiwan
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1,882 printed pages
Original publication
2019

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