Posts By: Mervin Teo

  • All Guides, Singapore and Southeast Asia

    Primary accounts of Singapore from 1800s to 1942

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    This select bibliography of primary accounts of Singapore is intended to shed light on the ways of perceiving, understanding and remembering of a Singapore long gone. It is important to note that most of these were written by privileged white men in a land under British colonial rule, during the height of Western imperialism up… Read more »

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    Raffles in Southeast Asia

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    Introduction Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781–1826) was a British administrator and orientalist, whose name is synonymous with the British founding of Singapore. Less known is his period in Southeast Asia as Lieutenant Governor of Java (1811–1816) and Bencoolen (1818–1824). The span of British rule in Indonesia, beginning with the invasion of Java in 1811, was… Read more »

  • All Guides, Four Conversations

    Delivering Literacy to Millions of Children

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    Introduction This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the programme Four Conversations: Delivering Literacy to Millions of Children. The speaker for the topic is John Wood, founder of Room to Read. This guide provides supplementary resources for those who are keen to further explore this topic. You can also visit catalogue.nlb.gov.sg to search for… Read more »

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    Seeking Opportunities, Pushing Boundaries

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    Introduction This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the programme Four Conversations: Seeking Opportunities, Pushing Boundaries. The speaker for the topic is Lai Chang Wen, chief executive officer of Ninja Van. This guide provides supplementary resources for those who are keen to further explore this topic. You can also visit catalogue.nlb.gov.sg to search for… Read more »

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    The Power of One, Empowering Communities to Thrive

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    Introduction This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the programme Four Conversations: The Power of One, Empowering Communities to Thrive. The speaker for the topic is Dr Tan Lai Yong, director of the Outreach and Community Department at the College of Alice and Peter Tan at the National University of Singapore. This guide provides supplementary… Read more »

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    Building Communities through Collaborative Conversations

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    Introduction This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the programme Four Conversations: Building Communities through Collaborative Conversations. The speaker for the topic is Kuik Shiao-Yin, director of The Thought Collective. This guide provides supplementary resources for those who are keen to further explore this topic. You can also visit catalogue.nlb.gov.sg to search for more… Read more »

  • All Guides, Singapore Biographical Database on Chinese Pioneers

    Chou Sing Chu 周星衢

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    Introduction Chou Sing Chu (周星衢) (1905–1986) was born in Shanghai, China. His family was originally from Pinghu City, Zhejiang Province. Founder of the Popular Bookstore, Chou was also recognised as a leader in the Chinese publishing industry in Southeast Asia. Due to impoverished circumstances, Chou only received three years of education before becoming an apprentice… Read more »

  • All Guides, Singapore Biographical Database on Chinese Pioneers

    Wong Lin Ken 黄麟根

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    Introduction Wong Lin Ken (黄麟根; 1931–1983), was a Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. Born in Penang, he was educated at St George’s Boys School and the Penang Free School before entering the University of Malaya where he graduated with a First Class Honours degree in history in 1954. After obtaining his… Read more »

  • All Guides, Singapore Biographical Database on Chinese Pioneers

    Tan Siak Kew 陈锡九

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    Introduction Tan Siak Kew (陈锡九; Chen Xijiu) (31 May 1903, Teo Ann, Guangdong, China–5 February 1977, Singapore) was a prominent businessman, nominated member of the Legislative Assembly, president of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce, diplomat and philanthropist. He came to Singapore in 1910 and received an English-language education from St Anthony’s Boys School and… Read more »

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    Lien Ying Chow 连瀛洲

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    Introduction Lien Ying Chow (连瀛洲) (1906–2004) was from Chaoyang district in Guangdong, China. He left for Singapore in 1920 when he was 14, where he started working as a provision shop assistant. In 1929, he founded an import-export firm called Wah Hin and Company, which made a windfall from contracts to supply provisions to British… Read more »