Chinese Epigraphy in Singapore, 1819-1911

Kenneth Dean and Hue Guan Thye

Chinese Epigraphy in Singapore, 1819-1911

Kenneth Dean and Hue Guan Thye

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

1,456 pages | 2 volumes, 1200 color plates, 60 halftones, 64 tables | 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 | © 2017
Cloth $195.00 ISBN: 9789971698713 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America and China only
The history of Singapore’s Chinese community has been carved in stone and wood throughout the country. This book looks specifically at sixty-two temples, native-place associations, and guildhalls where epigraphs made between 1819 and 1911 are still found today. These early inscriptions provide first-hand historical information on the aspirations and contributions of the early generation of Chinese settlers in Singapore and reveal the many ways that the epigraph’s chosen structures—and the institutions they represent—have evolved over the years. These epigraphs, newly translated into English, open a window into the world of Chinese communities in Singapore, offering an important source for the study of both Chinese overseas as well as the place of Buddhism and Taoism within the political and social climate of colonial and postcolonial Singapore.
 
Review Quotes
Claudine Salmon, French National Centre for Scientific Research
“There is no doubt that this new collection of epigraphic material constitutes a repository of Singapore cultural and historical heritage and will become an indispensable tool for all the scholars interested in that country.”
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