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Title: 李伟南: 20 世纪上半叶新加坡华社领袖 = LEE WEE NAM (LI WEINAN) : A CHINESE COMMUNITY LEADER IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Authors: 林欣萤
LIM XIN YING
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: 林欣萤, LIM XIN YING (2015). 李伟南: 20 世纪上半叶新加坡华社领袖 = LEE WEE NAM (LI WEINAN) : A CHINESE COMMUNITY LEADER IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Mr Lee Wee Nam (Li Weinan, 1880-1964) was a Chinese community leader in Singapore in the first half of the 20th century. He was involved in many community activities and contributed significantly towards the development of Singapore. However, till date, Lee Wee Nam has not been studied in-depth by the academia. This thesis thus aims to investigate his significance as a Chinese personality in Singapore in the first half of the 20th century and highlight his contributions to Singapore society. The first part of thesis will be a brief introduction of Lee Wee Nam's life. Lee was born in 1880 to a humble family of five in Chenghai district, Guangdong province. As life was hard in China, Lee decided to venture out to Singapore in 1896 to seek his fortune. His first jobs in Singapore inspired him to set up two remittance shops, Chye Wah Seng and Buan Yak Seng. Chye Wah Seng would later become one of the most prominent remittance shops in Singapore during the 1930s-1950s. Around the same time, Lee was introduced to the banking industry by Mr Liaw Chia Heng (Liao Zhengxing), and his attachment as a broker to the Sze Hai Tong Banking and Insurance Co. Ltd. in 1909 marked the start of his climb to success. In later days, Lee would be more favourably remembered as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Sze Hai Tong Bank. The thesis will then discuss the significance of Lee Wee Nam from two aspects, first, his role as a Chinese community leader in Singapore and second, his role as a leader of the business world in Singapore. The significance of Lee Wee Nam as a Chinese community leader was demonstrated by his activities in the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) and Teochew associations such as Ngee Ann Kongsi and Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan. Lee was a well-known leader of these Chinese associations and through them he made many significant contributions to the Chinese community, especially in areas such as promoting education and protecting the interest of the Chinese people. As a leader of the business world in Singapore in the first half of the 20th century, Lee also contributed to the progress of Singapore's banking industry and remittance trade. The last section of the thesis will seek to explore Lee Wee Nam's relationship and attitudes towards China and the British colonial government in Singapore. Lee's attitude towards China was reflected by his selected participation in China-related affairs, which centred on the politics, society and anti-Japanese war efforts during the 1920s-1940s. On the other hand, Lee's relationship with the British colonial government could be examined by his contact with British government officials as a Chinese community leader and also from his cooperation with them as a member of government agencies such as the Poh Leung Kek, St, John's Island Visiting Committee and the Chinese Advisory Board.Mr Lee Wee Nam (Li Weinan, 1880-1964) was a Chinese community leader in Singapore in the first half of the 20th century. He was involved in many community activities and contributed significantly towards the development of Singapore. However, till date, Lee Wee Nam has not been studied in-depth by the academia. This thesis thus aims to investigate his significance as a Chinese personality in Singapore in the first half of the 20th century and highlight his contributions to Singapore society. The first part of thesis will be a brief introduction of Lee Wee Nam's life. Lee was born in 1880 to a humble family of five in Chenghai district, Guangdong province. As life was hard in China, Lee decided to venture out to Singapore in 1896 to seek his fortune. His first jobs in Singapore inspired him to set up two remittance shops, Chye Wah Seng and Buan Yak Seng. Chye Wah Seng would later become one of the most prominent remittance shops in Singapore during the 1930s-1950s. Around the same time, Lee was introduced to the banking industry by Mr Liaw Chia Heng (Liao Zhengxing), and his attachment as a broker to the Sze Hai Tong Banking and Insurance Co. Ltd. in 1909 marked the start of his climb to success. In later days, Lee would be more favourably remembered as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Sze Hai Tong Bank. The thesis will then discuss the significance of Lee Wee Nam from two aspects, first, his role as a Chinese community leader in Singapore and second, his role as a leader of the business world in Singapore. The significance of Lee Wee Nam as a Chinese community leader was demonstrated by his activities in the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) and Teochew associations such as Ngee Ann Kongsi and Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan. Lee was a well-known leader of these Chinese associations and through them he made many significant contributions to the Chinese community, especially in areas such as promoting education and protecting the interest of the Chinese people. As a leader of the business world in Singapore in the first half of the 20th century, Lee also contributed to the progress of Singapore's banking industry and remittance trade. The last section of the thesis will seek to explore Lee Wee Nam's relationship and attitudes towards China and the British colonial government in Singapore. Lee's attitude towards China was reflected by his selected participation in China-related affairs, which centred on the politics, society and anti-Japanese war efforts during the 1920s-1940s. On the other hand, Lee's relationship with the British colonial government could be examined by his contact with British government officials as a Chinese community leader and also from his cooperation with them as a member of government agencies such as the Poh Leung Kek, St, John's Island Visiting Committee and the Chinese Advisory Board.
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