“Huay Kuan”

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Founded in 1840, the Huay Kuan’s main objects are to promote education, social welfare and preserve and promote Chinese language and culture. From its founding leaders: Tan Tock Seng, Tan Kim Ching, Tan Kah Kee, Tan Boon Liat, Tan Lark Sye to the present President, Wee Cho Yaw, the Huay Kuan has steadfastly held on to its belief and continues to contribute towards the community and nation building.

The Legacy of Tan Kah Kee and Lee Kong Chian Exhibition

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Above – Hokkien Huay Kuan and other Exhibition area.

Date/Time: Friday Jul 18, 10:00am – 9:00pm
Venue: Level 10 Lee Kong Chian Reference Library in National Library
Language: English
Subject: Arts & Humanities
Channel: Exhibitions
Registration: Not Required

The Legacy of Tan Kah Kee and Lee Kong Chian” exhibition (bilingual, in both English and Chinese) highlights the contributions of Tan Kah Kee and Lee Kong Chian to Singapore. Some areas of interests that will be explored in the exhibition include the makings of an entrepreneur, the philosophy of the two men’s strong belief and support for education, and the change of their political identity.

Both men were entrepreneurs, business barons and philanthropists, leaving their combined influence on Singapore for over a century. They were two of Singapore’s most successful entrepreneurs and millionaires, and with their vast fortunes, they were able to endow a multitude of social, cultural and educational institutions, many of which still thrive today. However, it is the fact that they made giving back to society a way of life that puts them in a class of their own when it comes to social philanthropy.

The exhibition is initiated by the National Library Singapore, jointly organised with the Tan Kah Kee Foundation, with the participation of Xiamen Library, sponsored by the National University of Singapore, OCBC and Auric Pacific Group Ltd and contributions from the Tan Kah Kee Museum (China), Furong Foundation of Nan’an, Johor Bahru Rubber Dealers’ Association, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan and their affiliated Schools, Hwa Chong Insitution, Lam Ann Association, Singapore Chin Kang Huay Kuan, Rubber Trade Association of Singapore, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industries and other local institutions. – Source