"Early Scholar Administrators in Singapore" Lecture

Event Date & Time

20 May 2017 | 11am – 12.30pm


Level 6, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Event Language

Conducted in Mandarin

Event Category



Enquiries: 63544078 or email [email protected] Please purchase your ticket from SFCCA at 397 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh Singapore 319639

Moderator: Dr Huang Jian Li 黄坚立博士 | Emcee: Dr Xu Li Ying 徐李颖博士

Scholar Administrators refer to a group of British government officials who were posted from London to Southeast Asia during the British colonial period. They were mostly university graduates, and conversant in many different languages, including dialects. As true sinologists, they had an excellent command of the Chinese language, and worked with texts entirely penned in classical Chinese.

Jointly organised by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, this lecture will focus on the texts used by the public servants some hundred years ago. It serves to provide an understanding of the backgrounds and experiences of these scholar administrators, their academic achievements, and their views of the region.

Guest speakers Kua Bak Lim (柯木林) and Lew Bon Hoi (廖文辉) will speak on the topics “Chinese language texts of the early Scholar Administrators”, and “Advocates of Research in Singapore and Malaysia” respectively.

Guest Speaker: Kua Bak Lim

Singaporean, graduate of Nanyang University with a First Class Honours degree in Arts majoring in history. With his breadth of experience in the academic and business spheres, he has become a notable historian in Singapore and Malaysia. He is the editor of A General History of the Chinese in Singaporerecently published by the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations in celebration of SG50.

Guest Speaker: Lew Bon Hoi

Malaysian, graduate in history from National Taiwan University, with a Master’s degree in Chinese research from University of Malaya, and a doctorate in history from Xiamen University. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Language and Literature in Malaysia’s New Era University College, Head of Centre of Malaysian History, and a part-time researcher in Huaqiao University’s Overseas Chinese Literature Studies Centre.

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