A traveling exhibition titled “Pioneering Rural Settlements: The Legacy of Lim Nee Soon” will be held at NUS Central Library on Level 4 from 26 September to 25 October 2016. Curated by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and River Valley High School, this English-Chinese bilingual exhibition explores Lim Nee Soon’s early life and education, family, career and business enterprises, and his numerous contributions which left a lasting impact on Singapore.
Known as the “Pineapple King” for his success in the pineapple industry, Lim Nee Soon (1879-1936) played a pivotal role in opening up northern Singapore for settlement. He saw the potential of uncultivated land in areas such as Sembawang and persuaded the colonial government to lease him the land for the building of settlements. Present-day Yishun estate is named after him, with “Yishun” being the Hanyu Pinyin pronunciation of “Nee Soon”.
In conjunction with the exhibition, an academic talk titled “The Ravages of War: The Decline of Lim Nee Soon’s Family from the Eve of World War II and the Change in the Power-Structure within the Singapore Teochew Community” will be held at NUS Central Library Theatrette 2 (Level 4) on 30 September 2016 (Friday) from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Chaired by Dr Tan Teng Phee (Curator of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall), the speaker is Associate Professor Lee Chee Hiang (NUS Department of Chinese Studies). The organisers are NUS Chinese Library, Southeast Asian Chinese and Modern China Research Group, NUS Department of Chinese Studies and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. This talk will be held in Mandarin. We welcome NUS staff and students to attend the talk.
If interested, please register for the talk at http://bit.ly/talk160930 by 29 September 2016. Please see the poster below for more details.
林义顺在黄梨种植业的成功, 让他享有“黄梨大王” 的美誉。林义顺在新加坡北部的开发中扮演举足轻重的角色。他看到了三巴旺等荒地的巨大潜力并说服殖民地政府将土地租赁给他，允许他在该区建立新的村落。今日的顺义市镇(Yishun Town) 便是以他的名字来命名。