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Title: The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and the Chinese Community of Singapore: History, Repositioning and Contestation
Authors: Huang Jianli 
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations and World Scientific
Citation: Huang Jianli (2019). The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and the Chinese Community of Singapore: History, Repositioning and Contestation. A General History of the Chinese in Singapore : pp. 819-845. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The beginnings of Wanqingyuan (晚晴园) is traced possibly to the 1880s, with ownership to a wealthy Chinese Cantonese merchant. It had a quantum leap to revolutionary fame when a subsequent owner offered it to the republican revolutionaries of China at the turn of the twentieth century as an overseas base to overthrow the Qing dynasty and to establish a modern Chinese republic. About nearly a century later, the People’s Action Party government gazetted it as a national monument and transformed it into the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall in November 2001. The extensive renovation and repositioning were aimed at supporting the government’s imaginary of a “Big Singapore”, including a crucial historic role in the Chinese diaspora. The state-driven project met with considerable contestation at its initial opening stage, not least by the Chinese-educated intellectuals. After several more revamps and fine-tunings, the Memorial Hall has settled into its current role as one of the primary ethnic heritage sites. Its journey of repositioning, reorienting history, and ethnicisation of national identity neatly captures some of the intricate socio-political dynamics within the Singapore Chinese community.
Source Title: A General History of the Chinese in Singapore
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/157111
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