Hwa Chong Hosts Key Conversations on the Role of Chinese Culture in the Region14 Aug 2019
From Left to Right: Dr Liu Thai Ker; Dr Lim Wee Kiak (Chairman, Board of Governors, Hwa Chong Institution); Mr Chee Hong Tat; Mr Pang Choon How (Principal, Hwa Chong Institution); Professor Wong Yoon Wah; Associate Professor Tan Chee Lay
In celebration of Hwa Chong’s centenary, the fourth edition of the Hwa Chong Centennial Insights Series was hosted in conjunction with the annual Asian Youth Chinese Forum on 2 August 2019.
The Centennial Insights Series aims to provide the platform for the continued engagement with thought leaders to lead collective conversations in our commitment to education for the nation. Each lecture will see the engagement with two giants in their fields. Thematically spanning the strategic visioning of Hwa Chong, the lecture series will reach out to our students, staff, alumni, parents and partners, leveraging on existing platforms in our academic calendar.
Themed “A Centennial Retrospect: The spread and propagation of the Chinese culture in Singapore and South-East Asia”, the event was graced by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education.
Two distinguished keynote speakers, Dr Liu Thai Ker and Professor Wong Yoon Wah engaged the audience with their speeches on ‘The Singapore Chinese Culture – A Personal Recollection and Anticipation’ and ‘After Cheng Ho’s landing in Malacca: Inheritance and Innovation of the Chinese Culture’ respectively.
A dialogue session moderated by Associate Professor Tan Chee Lay, Asian Languages and Culture Academic Group, NIE/NTU was held after the keynote speeches.
Dr Liu Thai Ker is hailed as the architect of modern Singapore. His national and international accolades span architecture, urban planning and the arts. He has served as Chairman of the National Arts Council, Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Planner of the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Chairman of the Jury of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park Master Plan. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1976, the Meritorious Service Medal in 1985 and Business China Excellence Award in 2014. Dr Liu is currently the Chairman of Morrow Architects Pte Ltd & Planners and the Centre for Liveable Cities Advisory Board.
Professor Wong Yoon Wah is a widely-published poet, writer and renowned scholar. Instrumental in promoting Chinese Literature in the region, he has been recognized with Thailand’s South-East Asia Write Award in 1984, the 1993 ASEAN Cultural Award and the 1996 Singapore Literature Prize. A Cultural Medallion awardee, he has served as President of the Singapore Association of Writers, and professor and Head of the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore. Professor Wong was appointed Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Chairman of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Yuan Ze University, Taiwan. He is currently Chair Professor and Senior Vice President of Southern University College, Malaysia.
From left to right: Dr Liu Thai Ker, Associate Professor Tan Chee Lay, Professor Wong Yoon Wah
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