Book Launch - Chinese Epigraphy in Singapore 1819 - 1911

Official launch and panel discussion of Chinese Epigraphy in Singapore, 1819-1911 by Professor Kenneth Dean and Dr Hue Guan Thye

Chinese Epigraphy in Singapore is the history of Singapore's Chinese community carved in stone and wood: in the epigraphic record of 62 Chinese temples, native place associations, clan and guild halls, from 1819 to 1911. These materials include temple plaques, couplets, stone inscriptions, stone and bronze censers, and other inscribed objects found in these institutions. They prove first-hand historical information on the aspirations and contributions of the early generation of Chinese settlers in Singapore. Early inscriptions reveal the centrality of these institutions to Chinese life in Singapore, while later inscriptions show the many ways that these institutions have evolved over the years. Many have become deeply engaged in social welfare projects, while others have also become centers of transnational networks. These materials, available in both Chinese and English translation, open a window into the world of Chinese communities in Singapore. These cultural artefacts can also be appreciated for their exceptional artistic value. They are a central part of the heritage of Singapore.



Kenneth Dean is Professor at the Asia Research Institute and head of the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore.

Hue Guan Thye is a senior research fellow at the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore.


NUS Press is selling this book at S$220 with free local delivery. All sales will be in cash.

For NUS staff and students, NUS Press will offer 25% discount if they purchase copies only at NUS Press.

  • Event Time: 6.30pm 9.00pm
  • School:

    National University of Singapore

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
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