Department of Chinese Studies Sets Up New Wan Boo Sow Research Centre for Chinese Culture

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Prof Wang Gungwu, Mr Sam Tan, Prof Kenneth Dean, and A/P Lee Cheuk Yin

On 2 December 2016, the Department of Chinese Studies, FASS, NUS, celebrated the opening of the Wan Boo Sow Centre for Chinese Culture. The Centre was set up to actively promote in-depth cultural research by both local and overseas scholars, and to raise research efforts and output in Chinese culture to a higher level in order for NUS to establish itself as a leading institution in the field in Asia and beyond. Through visiting fellowships, it seeks to attract renowned scholars to Singapore to conduct interdisciplinary research with academics both in and outside the Department of Chinese Studies.

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GOH, Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office & Ministry of Manpower, is an alum of the Department of Chinese Studies

In his speech during the opening ceremony, Guest-of-Honour, Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office & Ministry of Manpower, said he hopes that the setting up of this new research centre for Chinese culture will strengthen the bilateral cooperation between Singapore and other countries, in addition to encouraging exchanges between academics and non-academics. He added that NUS’ facilities, and bilingual and bicultural advantage will enable it to become an international centre for Chinese cultural studies.

The Centre is named in honour of the late Mr Wan Boo Sow (1918-1992), a pharmacist in the 20th century. Born and bred in Singapore, Mr Wan obtained a Diploma in Pharmacy from the then-King Edward VII College of Medicine, before starting his own pharmacy along High Street. Mr Wan recognised the importance of education and his children—upholding their late father’s view—contributed generously to the set-up of this Centre.

To mark its official opening, the Centre organised an inaugural conference on the 2 and 3 December 2016. The conference had six panels reflecting the current research focus of the six research clusters in the Department of Chinese Studies. Professor Benjamin Elman of Princeton University and Professor Ge Zhaoguang of Fudan University were the keynote speakers for the conference. More than 20 preeminent scholars from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Xiamen University, University of London, University of Manitoba etc., presented their research outcomes in the field of Chinese history, literature, culture and linguistics.

Department of Japanese Celebrates its 35th Anniversary!

 

On 5 November 2016, the Department of Japanese Studies and the Japanese Studies Alumni Group organised a dinner party at the NUSS Suntec City Guild House to celebrate the Department’s 35th anniversary. More than 60 former and present staff, alumni members and guests attended the special event. Participants were treated to an awesome night of good food, exciting games, and attractive prizes.

For more photos, visit the Department’s Facebook page!

From ‘mid-stream’ to ‘down-stream’ (Page 17)

Monday, 28 November 2016

Lianhe Zaobao

This was an article contribution by Associate Professor Thang Leng Leng from the Department of Japanese Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which she examined the Japanese word ‘karyuu’, which in Chinese characters refer to ‘low-class’. Assoc Prof Thang observed however that in Japan, the word does not have a negative implication and has been used to describe disadvantaged individuals in society.

The economic roots of Trump’s win over Clinton (Opinion, Page A48)

Saturday, 26 November 2016

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Associate Professor Shin Jang-Sup from the Department of Economics at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which he analysed the major cause of the unexpected victory of Mr Donald Trump in the United States presidential election. Noting that the benefits and costs of the restructuring of the US economy have been distributed unequally, Assoc Prof Shin opined that it remains to be seen whether US President-elect Mr Trump is willing to close the gap between his rhetoric and the reality of the American economy.

Click here to read the article.

Nuggets of S’pore history, from inscriptions (Top of the News, Page A11)

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Sunday Times

It was reported that Professor Kenneth Dean and Dr Hue Guan Thye, who are respectively Head and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Chinese Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, have published two volumes called Chinese Epigraphy in Singapore, 1819–1911, which feature descriptions of Singapore’s temple iconography, art and cultural artefacts; explanations of rituals; and write-ups on their history. The books went on sale via NUS Press on 15 November 2016. It was mentioned that the researchers’ next aim is to produce other volumes on Singapore’s modern temples, and they are also building interactive maps and charting the historical and ongoing movements of Singapore’s over 1,000 temples, other religious institutions, clans, cemeteries and kampungs in a digitisation effort with the Department of Geography at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Click here to read the article.

Undergraduate Student Lounge at AS8 is now open!

The Faculty is pleased to announce that a new student lounge has been created exclusively for FASS undergraduates at AS8/01-03. Conveniently located near the Central Library and The Coffee Roaster café, the lounge will be a cosy corner for our undergraduates to discuss project work, study or mingle with fellow students. (Please note that no food and drinks are allowed in the lounge.)

The lounge is now open.  Do feel free to drop by to explore another possible study venue as you prepare for your examinations.

Wishing all students the best for your coming examinations!

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CELC research project student assistant

CELC is looking for a student assistant to assist in a research project.

Applicants must possess the following skills and knowledge:

Skills: Able to type texts accurately; analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data.
Software: Able to use Excel. Applicants with knowledge of SPSS and NVivo will have an added
advantage.

Education: Graduate students with experience in interpreting data. Undergraduates with the relevant skills and experience may also apply.

Time period: Able to work 10‐16 hours per week, from now till January 2017 (with possible extension).

Remuneration: $10 per hour.

To apply, please email your cover letter and CV to elcbox8@nus.edu.sg with the subject “Application:
Student Assistant (Research)”. You should indicate clearly in your application the instances which you have applied the relevant skills and software. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly.
Deadline for application: Friday 18 November 2016.

Social network inequality that is often neglected (Page 29)

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Lianhe Zaobao

This was an article contribution by Assistant Professor Vincent Chua from the Department of Sociology of the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Asst Prof Chua noted there are currently very few studies in Singapore on social network inequality and highlighted that this is a blind spot in current social sciences research. He shared the findings of his study on the various sources of network inequality, and opined that in order to achieve social integration, it is important to focus on how social networks bring together people from all social classes and social backgrounds.

Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards (FTEA) 2016

We are very pleased to extend our warmest congratulations to the following colleagues on their achievements in teaching.  Forty-two FASS faculty members have been awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for their work in AY2015-16.  Of these faculty members, 15 have also been nominated for the Annual Teaching Excellence Award and one for the Outstanding Educator Award.  We will know the outcome of these nominations in due course (early 2017).

Name Department
Dr Chan Kwang Guan Daniel Centre For Language Studies
Dr Izumi Walker Centre For Language Studies
Dr Park Mihi Centre For Language Studies
Mr Yuzuru Hamasaki Centre For Language Studies
Ms Rungnapa Kitiarsa Centre For Language Studies
Ms Sasiwimol Klayklueng Centre For Language Studies
A/P Ong Chang Woei Chinese Studies
A/P Phua Chiew Pheng Chinese Studies
A/P Yung Sai-Shing Chinese Studies
Dr Mohamed Elmie Bin Nekmat Communications and New Media
Mr Gui Kai Chong Communications and New Media
Dr Georgios Georgiou Economics
Dr Ong Ee Cheng Economics
Dr Sng Tuan Hwee Economics
Mr Chua Yeow Hwee Economics
A/P Wee Su-Lin, Valerie English Language & Literature
Dr Ang Wan Ling, Susan English Language & Literature
Dr Leslie Lee English Language & Literature
Dr Liang Peilin English Language & Literature
Dr Loon Seong Yun, Robin English Language & Literature
Dr Daniel Adam Friess Geography
Dr Kamalini Ramdas Geography
A/P Neo Choong Tiong, Harvey Geography
A/P Maitrii Victoriano Aung Thwin History
A/P Timothy Percy Barnard History
Dr Donna Maree Brunero History
Dr Chris McMorran * Japanese Studies
Dr Sher Banu A.L. Khan Malay Studies
A/P John Christian Holbo Philosophy
A/P Lim Tze Kiat, Elvin Political Science
A/P Terence Lee Chek Liang Political Science
A/P William Ward Bain Political Science
A/P Trevor Bruce Penney Psychology
Dr Cha Yeow Siah Psychology
Dr Iliana Magiati Psychology
A/P Stuart William George Derbyshire Psychology
A/P Esther Goh Chor Leng Social Work
Dr Lee Geok Ling Social Work
Dr Wong Yuh Ju Social Work
A/P Joon Mo Son Sociology
Dr Feng Qiushi Sociology
A/P Irving Chan Johnson Southeast Asian Studies

Congratulations to all our winners for their excellent work!

Vigilante patriots in Assam

Monday, 31 October 2016

The Statesman

This was an article contribution by Mr Suraj Gogoi from the Department of Sociology at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Associate Professor Prasenjit Biswas from North Eastern Hill University, India. The authors discussed the vigilante propensity in Assam, India, for proclaiming bans and indulging in castigation, with the latest ‘call to arms’ that concerns a diktat to embargo ‘Chinese products’ and to refrain from buying or selling these. The authors opined that the current sprees of agitations against foreigners and foreign goods stems from a self-disparaging sense of insecurity that creates more problems than can be solved. They added that this leads to social and cultural paranoia of a variety that turns the imagination virile, as it keeps generating talks about loss, be it the Brahmaputra or the official status of language and culture.

Click here to read the full article.