Sunday, 16 November 2014
The Sunday Times
This was a feature on Professor Kenneth Dean, a leading scholar in Chinese popular religion, who will be heading the Department of Chinese Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from January 2015. Prof Dean has been a Visiting Professor at NUS since 2006, teaching courses in Chinese religion and Southeast Asian Chinese temples.
Prof Dean credited his proficiency in the Chinese language to spending over 25 years in Mandarin-speaking environments – China, Taiwan and Hong Kong – and his lifelong interest in Chinese culture. He said that he is constantly amazed at the linguistic skills his NUS counterparts, as well as those of Taoist priests, temple leaders, teachers, writers and newspaper professionals in Singapore.