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蛇年风水讲座观后感

由国大中文图书馆与国大中文系同学会联办的“蛇意洋洋——2013年蛇年世局与十二生肖运势”于2013年2月5日下午4时在国大中央图书馆第一讲堂隆重举行。讲座吸引了许多不同年龄层的学生和职员。不少人还带了纸和笔来,看来大家对蛇年的运程十分关心。

还未开始前,在讲堂外就有很多人在排队登记来听董大师的讲座了。门前放的董大师的书籍也吸引了不少人翻阅。从主持人的一番简短介绍中了解到,董大师不仅会观天象和对风水颇有研究之外,他还是一个作家,是五月诗社的会员,博学的他已经出版20多本术数丛书。另外,他还多次到香港、澳门、尼泊尔等地演讲。主持人介绍完之后,董大师便接过话筒开始了他的演讲。虽然讲座中提及了很多风水相关的专业名词,但是董大师用平白易懂的语言来解释,又附上现实例子,让人很容易明白。而且董大师风趣幽默,使得讲座十分生动有趣,演讲就在愉快的氛围下进行着。不少观众都把重点认真地抄录下来,有的人就直接用手机拍下内容,从大家兴致盎然的表情得知他们对演讲内容是十分感兴趣的。

演讲中董大师提到了今年是“贪狼化忌”之年,会引起人民破财,但是董大师也为大家提出了破解方法——把葫芦放在屋子中央或是放在床底便可以减轻其带来的负面影响。大家都纷纷记下来了。在讲到有关自己生肖的内容的时候,观众更加聚精会神的听了。由于时间关系,生肖运势比较快的带过,但是董大师很细心的建议说如果我们感兴趣的话,可以到他的面簿上查看详情。

到了问答时间,观众十分踊跃的举手问问题,董大师也十分耐心的一一解答。这场长达2个小时的精彩的演讲便在观众中的热烈掌声和满意的笑声中结束了。结束后,许多人都带着满意的表情离开了,但是仍有一群人围着董大师问问题,看来风水对华人来说真的很重要,他们也对风水很关心。十分感谢中文图书馆请来董农政大师为国大学生职员进行精彩的演讲,期待参与更多中文馆举行有趣的活动!

梁启迪
国大中文系同学会成员

Chinese New Year Events @ The Libraries

Chinese New Year (CNY) is around the corner. NUS Libraries wish you a prosperous Year of Snake!

For the months of January and February 2013, we will be organising four celebration events as shown below:

1. CNY Couplets Exhibition (春联展示)
   
28 – 30 Jan (Mon – Wed)
    Chinese Library Level 6

2. CNY Couplets Writing (挥春活动)
   
31 Jan (Thurs), 11am – 2pm
   
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette2

 

3. Feng Shui Talk by Master Dong Nong Zheng (董农政师父风水讲座)
   
5 Feb (Tue), 4pm – 6pm
   
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette1

4. Lantern Riddle Competition  (灯谜竞猜)
   
22 Feb (Fri), 9am – 5pm
   
Chinese Library Level 6

We cordially invite all NUS students and staff to take part in these events and celebrate Chinese New Year with us!

“部落民”日文资料展

 

“部落民”  是日本近世幕藩体制里的贱民,位居社会最下层,他们无论在居住、日常生活、社交活动及职业上都备受歧视。虽然日本政府在明治四年(1871)颁发了“部落解放令”,让他们在法律上和职业上都和其他的平民一样,但身份差别还是存在。因此,部落民为了改善自身的身份地位和生活,争取平等待遇,在“部落解放令”后,发动了无数次的解放部落运动和民权运动,此起彼落。随着社会的进程,近年来在日本有越来越多的社会运动团体和年青的部落民 致力地为部落民争取平等的权益。如全国地域人権運動総連合、部落解放同盟全国連合会、部落解放・人権研究所等。

国大中文图书馆藏有过百种有关“部落民”的日文资料,现于六楼阅览室展示。这一次的展览从十月起至明年三月底,欢迎大家到中文图书馆参观。

Publisher’s Talk on Writing a Journal Article

Writing an academic article can cause anxiety and stress, especially for the uninitiated. One way of constructively handling such fears is to seek advice from the experts, such as publishers or previously published writers.

On the 18th of September, 150 NUS staff and students attended a talk organized by the library. The speaker, Rosalia Garcia, Library Sales & Marketing Director (Asia Pacific) of SAGE Publications, shared with the audience how to write a good and publishable article.

Among the topics she covered were:

  • keys to positive writing experiences
  • what gets published and why
  • importance of selecting the right journal
  • steps involved in preparing your manuscript and writing your article
  • common mistakes in citing references

Based on the feedback received, the audience found the talk to be useful, especially for first-time writers and researchers. Following the talk, the audience was treated to refreshments, courtesy of SAGE.

If you missed attending the talk, do not fret. You can still view the webcast via the following link: http://bit.ly/UugDDa (NUSNET login required). Please log into the NUS WebVPN if you are viewing the webcast from home.

The library organizes such publisher’s talks throughout the year, so do check our library portal or social media channels for upcoming events.

Georgiana Glass
Central Library

ERDD 2012

This year, our E-Resource Discovery Day (ERDD) took place on September 13. There was a mixture of many familiar elements as well as a touch of the new.

As usual, our vendors came to showcase the library’s e-resources. We had a forum quiz in the form of a scavenger hunt with the rewards being a goodie bag and a chance to take part in the lucky draw. We received more than 500 entries for this quiz and it was truly heartening to see so many students and staff engaging with our vendors. We also had an online quiz prior to ERDD day, which garnered over 500 entries! This was definitely the largest number of entries we have ever received!

Even though we decided against having performances this year, we had a game booth during lunch hours. Participants had to throw a dart to qualify for a question. If they answered the question correctly, they would win a prize. The game allowed students to learn about e-resources in a fun way while winning prizes. We gave out more than 180 prizes at the game booth. Apart from learning about the databases and e-journals available in the library, we also took the opportunity to promote our new discovery service, FindMore@NUSL.

Here are the prize winners for the various draws:

Forum Quiz Grand Draw

No. Prize (Sponsor) Winner
1st MacBook 11″ (Elsevier) Zhou Jieliang
(A01056XXX)
2nd iPad (I-Group) Nica Policarpio
(A01020XXX)
3rd Coach bag (CCH) Zhao Xianbo
(A00682XXX)
4th Nikon CoolPix L310 camera (Wiley) Khong Duc Thng
(A00980XXX)
5th iPod Nano (16GB) and watchband (Ovid) Ko Sung Chan
(A01009XXX)
6th Turtle Beach universal amplified stereo gaming headset (Emerald) Lim Mei Eng
(A0094XXX)
7th iPod Touch (8GB) (Sage) Sudarkodi Sukuman
(HT0819XXX)
8th Nintendo Wii console set (UBS) Ng Su Fen
(A00709XXX)
9th Western Digital external portable hard drive, 1TB (EBSCO) Wong Shun Qi
(U0957XXX)
10th Buffalo portable hard drive (Emerald) Loh Sze Sian
(U0911XXX)
11th iPod Nano (8GB) (Alexander Street Press) Wu Gaofeng
(A00755XXX)
12th Waterman pen (ThomsonReuters) Ong Shi Rong
(A00812XXX)
13th $80 Kinokuniya vouchers (Kinokuniya) Ramadoss Karthik
(A00755XXX)

Online Quiz Lucky Draw

No. Prize (Sponsor) Winner
1st One iPod Touch (8GB) with iPod Touch case (IEEE) Pioy Thampipattanakul
(U0917XXX)
2nd S$150 shopping vouchers (Cengage) Chen Jiaying
(A00715XXX)
3rd Fuji Instax Mini 7 (Springer) Koh Sin Yee
(A01058XXX)
4th Waterman pen (ThomsonReuters) Arghya Banerjee
(A00822XXX)
5th Sony MP3 walkman player (4GB) (Emerald) Lee Mia Ching, Dr
(043XXX)
6th Alienware mouse (Emerald) Munirah Bte Alias
(A00838XXX)
7th 3X 500MB USB drive (ProQuest) Han Nuo Min
(A00732XXX)
8th 2 KeepCups (ThomsonReuters) Thng Jing Xiong
(U0958XXX)
9th $40 Kinokuniya vouchers (Kinokuniya) Theodore Willian Salim (A0084XXX)
10th $30 Kinokuniya vouchers (Kinokuniya) Chaw Kar Yan
(A00747XXX)

We would like to thank our vendors for their generous support of the event, and also all students and staff who participated in the quizes. We hope to see you again next year! Until then, do check out our Flickr page for more photos!

Umarani Jayapal
on behalf of the ERDD2012 team

NUS Libraries Fundraising Sale 2012

On September 13 and 14, we had our NUS Libraries Fundraising Book & Garage Sale 2012. As always, this event was held in conjunction with the NUS Libraries E-Resource Discovery Day (ERDD).

This year, we started the collection period in late April, hoping that students and staff will donate their books before the school vacation. Our book donation boxes were dressed in a prominent red and white, and we put up posters with a heartfelt plea for books. This year, we received a steady stream of books right up to the week of ERDD itself, and our collection was much larger than last year’s. We want to specially thank the two families which each contributed several hundreds and thousands of books. We also want to thank the Office of Housing Services which installed book collection points at the various hostels.

For the garage sale, we collected items mainly from our own staff, and received some unusual items as well as a healthy number of CDs, VCDs and DVDs. Given the staggering amount of books and garage sale items, we had to do a lot more pricing and sorting. With previous years’ experiences in mind, we meticulously categorised the books and stored them in batches. Besides having a preview album on Facebook, we also had our very own model to showcase some clothing from the Garage Sale.

On the actual days of the fundraising sale, many students and staff were surprised to find such good books and items at attractive prices. We extended our opening hours to give everybody more time to shop. Our flash sale at the end of the second day was very successful, as we reduced prices in order to sell more items. We gave a 20% discount off the garage sale items and priced the books at five for $2! Many expressed disbelief and immediately called their friends to come down to buy more.

This year, our total collection for both the book and garage sale was $15,000, compared to the $11,000.30 collected last year. On 26 September, NUS Libraries handed over a cheque of $15,000 to the Deputy President (Administration), Mr. Joseph P Mullinix.

The cheque went to the Annual NUS Giving Bursary Fund, which supports NUS students with financial needs. So, it was all for a very worthy cause! We’ll like to say a huge “Thank you” to all who donated their books and items, and those who came and bought, as well as all the library staff who contributed their time and energy! We hope you had good memories of the event and are enjoying your treasured finds! 

Umarani Jayapal
on behalf of the ERDD2012 team

Exhibition at ArtsBuzz: White Nights

Flowers bloom around the clock if the night never gets dark.

From 2-25 October,  Central Library will exhibit a collection of floral paintings called “White Nights”. Why floral paintings? Since I majored in Environmental Biology, I possess the utmost love for all living things and naturally something as beautiful as flowers would represent an theme for my solo exhibition.

“White Nights” is my first solo exhibition at the NUS Central Library and is a tribute to all my friends as an appreciation for their help and support through these years. This floral-themed exhibition lets me share the beauty of nature as seen through my eyes.

I also hope to bring the visual arts to NUS in my own little way and add a little spice to varsity life in the process. “White Nights” gives me an opportunity to express my concept of “visual arts as a universal  language”. The “White Nights” exhibition will be expressed in 4 languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

About the artist

Born in 1990 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Ching Siong studied general art at Page One Academy, and received his B.S. in Life Sciences at NUS in 2012. While at NUS, he absorbed conventional concepts and skills in watercolour and oil media, subsequently forming his own style. He now concentrates on local contemporary art and children’s art. In 2009, he received a world first honor prize from Hong Kong Po Leung Kuk. He is currently a painter and art teacher in Malaysia.

Should you have any queries, please contact Ching Siong at teychingsiong {at} gmail {dot} com.

Tey Ching Siong

麻坡田野调查报告/ Muar Sharing Session

讲座信息:东南亚华人社区分享会——麻坡田野调查报告
国大中文图书馆与国大中文系东南亚华人研究群将于10月3日下午4点至5点半联合举办东南亚华人社区分享会——麻坡田野调查报告。地点在中央图书馆第二讲堂,主讲人是国大建筑系学生。他们在建筑系赖启健博士的带领下于2011年5月带领学生到麻坡进行田野调查,并出版了图书“Muar: Tributaries and Transitions”。本报告将以建筑文化为主,分享有关当地店屋的历史变迁与华社的发展。

Muar Sharing Session
Speaker: Student from the School of Design and Environment, who had joined a field trip to Muar with Dr Lai Chee Kien in 2011
Date: 3 October 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 4pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Central Library Level 4 Theatrette 2
Contents:
• Shop houses’ history and development
• Connections with local Chinese community
• Experiences we had during UMNUS
• Our thoughts and share on community conservation and development
The sharing session will be conducted in Mandarin. The Q & A session can be in Mandarin/English.

The Art of Neighbouring: Exhibition at ArtsBuzz

What does China’s rise mean for those who live along its borders? Reflecting on the PRC’s strategies to foster trade, secure access to natural resources, and prevent unrest in its own borderlands, this exhibition shows the ways in which people’s lives and futures are affected by living along the borders. As rising China (the nation, the notion, the buzzword) channels aspirations, triggers fears and creates opportunities, “neighbouring” becomes a crucial skill in the borderlands – a skill that includes evading, openly opposing, making use of, or renegotiating the border situation.

In the first half of the 20th century, the fuzziness of erstwhile frontier zones was replaced with the sharp contours of nation-states. Political and military conflicts between the PRC and its neighbouring states brought many long-established trans-border relations to a halt. More recently, new stimuli of economic growth and material prosperity readily impelled a momentum of “opening up”. As ancient crossroads emerge as zones of contact and translation again, borderland communities actively engage with new possibilities; they also become targets of new regulatory regimes to “manage” the flows of people and goods across the borders.

This exhibition aims to show how the closure and re-opening of the PRC’s borders condition the myriad realities of making as well as being China’s neighbours through peace and turmoil. Three photographers present a selection of images that portray the diversity, the transformations, the vulnerability and the resilience of these border zones.

The exhibition is now being held at Central Library’s ArtsBuzz and is made up of two series. Series one will run from 1 to 15 September while series two will run from 16 to 30 September.

About the Photographers

DRU C. GLADNEY is Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He began his field research in western China over 30 years ago, and has carried out more recent projects in Kazakhstan, Kyr­gyzstan, Turkey and Malaysia.

TOM CLIFF is a final-year PhD candidate at the Con­temporary China Centre of the Australian National University (ANU). He was a professional photographer before coming to academia. More of his work can be found at www.tomcliff.com

MARTIN SAXER is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Asia Research Institute (ARI). He car­ried out field research in Siberia, Tibet and Nepal since 2003. He is the director of two feature length documen­tary films, including “Journeys with Tibetan Medicine” (www.anyma.ch/journeys).

Celebrating 25 years with the Heads of HSSML

HSSML celebrates its 25 years remembering the librarians who helmed the library.

The heads of HSSML, posing beside the bust of Mr Hon Sui Sen, are from left:

Mrs Lee-Wang Cheng Yeng: 1987-1991

Ms Lim Bee Lum: 1991-30 Sep 2001

Mrs Kwok-Foo Yan Chuin:  1 Oct 2001-1 Apr 2007; 1 Dec 2007-1 Jan 2009

Ms Kan Sok Cheng: 2 Apr 2007-30 Nov 2007

Ms Tan Lay Tin (current Head of HSSML): 2 Jan 2009-

 

TNL has had the privilege of working for and with each of these librarians. She saw how the library grew under their care. And from them too, she learnt what it means to be a librarian.

Mrs Lee-Wang Cheng Yeng, the first head of the library and her deputy, Mr Ng Kok Koon, started the library from scratch. Every single thing about HSSML before the major renovation of 2010 had a bit of them worked into it. From the layout of the space to the dove grey and baby pink color scheme. If you look closely around the library now, you can still see a little of them.

It is through Mrs Lee that TNL learnt about the intellectual value and professionalism of a true blue librarian. This grounded TNL in the midst of swirling changes to her profession.

Ms Lim Bee Lum was our longest serving head of library. Many people knew her from the days when she was head of the Circulation Dept of Central Library.

Mrs Kwok-Foo Yan Chuin who was Ms Lim’s deputy took over from Ms Lim when she retired. By then, Yan Chuin had worked closely with all her staff. Being able to communicate and empathise with them was important because it was during that time that NUS underwent major changes in leadership and management. The one thing TNL learnt from Yan Chuin was the need to listen and to truly care for those who seek help.

Ms Kan Sok Cheng took over when Yan Chuin went to head CJ Koh Law Library full time at Bukit Timah campus. Sok had worked at HSSML from Oct-Dec 1992 when Ms Lim was the head of HSSML. So it was a returning of sorts for her. Sok’s time heading HSSML was so short that the running joke was – you could not even get a baby out of it! But actually, Sok did start a “baby”. She initiated the plans to renovate HSSML.

Ms Tan Lay Tin, who took over from Sok when Sok went to head the then Medical/Science Library, carried the renovation plans through. What you see today, the expanded spaces – is Lay Tin’s contribution which marks the era of a new HSSML.

TNL remains friends with each of these ladies – individuals who have since moved on to different adventures. Each continues to inspire.

Thank you for the 25 years, ladies, and the many more to come.