A sub-network of 20 selected Singapore Chinese personalities (the biggest nodes)

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Network of 20 selected personalities


Data sources



Chinese Singapore Biography History

This book features the life stories of 1,175 prominent Chinese individuals from the fields of politics, economy, thinking, culture, education, arts and religion from 1819 to 1990, and have each contributed significantly to Singapore’s social progress. Besides the main biographies, this publication also includes seven appendices, such as the Historical Glossary of Chinese in Singapore, the Chronology of the Establishment of Regional Halls in Singapore, the Comparison Table of the Names of Streets in English and Chinese, and the Comparison Table of the Key Nouns in Chinese and English.

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Chinese Epigraphy in Singapore, 1819-1911

This two-volume publication features the history of Singapore’s Chinese community through the epigraphic records 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 provide first-hand historical information on the aspirations and contributions of the early Chinese settlers in Singapore. Early inscriptions reveal how these institutions play a central role to life in Singapore while later ones show how these institutions evolved over the years. Many are deeply engaged in social welfare projects while others have become centres of transnational networks. These materials, which are available in English with Chinese translation, open a window into Chinese communities in Singapore. These cultural artifacts are not only artistically valuable but are also integral to Singapore’s heritage.

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One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in Singapore

Covering the period from 6 February 1819 to 6 February 1919, this is a chronological record of the contributions of the Chinese community to the development, progress and prosperity of Singapore. It features events and incidents relating to the Chinese community as well as the lives, pursuits and public service rendered by prominent individuals. Featured in the publication are familiar names such as Seah Eu Chin, Hoo Ah Kay, Tan Tock Seng, Tan Kim Seng, Lim Boon Keng, Lim Peng Siang, Seah Liang Seah, Lee Choon Guan, Tan Kah Kee, Loke Yew and Eu Tong Sen.

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Nan Yang Ming Ren Ji Zhuan

Influenced by the classical writing style of The Historical Records, Nan Yang Ming Ren Ji Zhuan features the biographies of 196 ordinary Chinese personalities who were engaged in the development of Singapore.

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The SBDB is an ongoing project, the database will be continuously enriched and improved. In addition to the four references above, we have also included information about the Singapore Chinese personalities from the National Library Board of Singapore. Below is the estimated number of personalities that will be included in the future.

1176 Singapore Chinese Personalities

From Chinese Singapore Biography History

3000+ Singapore Chinese Personalities

From Chinese Epigraphy in Singapore, 1819-1911

705 Singapore Chinese Personalities

From One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in Singapore

196 Singapore Chinese Personalities

From Nanyang min ren ji zhuan




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Research Areas: Philosophy of Buddhism, Chinese folk religion, Singapore Chinese temples, Chinese Culture, and the Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia.

Prof. Kenneth DEAN

Professor (Dept of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore)

Research Areas: Chinese History in Singapore.

Mr. Kua Bak Lim

Chairman (Research Committee, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations)

Research Areas: Philosophy of Buddhism, Chinese folk religion, Singapore Chinese temples, Chinese culture, and the Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Research Fellow & Chief Developer (Dept of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore)

Research Areas: Early Singapore Chinese.

Ms. XUE Yiran

Research Associate (Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore)

Research Areas: Singapore history and heritage, overseas Chinese studies.

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Senior Librarian (Content & Services, National Library, Singapore)

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Events Executive (Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations)

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