Singaporeans will reacquaint themselves with the works of Pan Shou (潘受), one of the country’s literary greats, through a conference and exhibition held by Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Co-organised by NTU’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) and NTU’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the symposium, titled International Conference on Pan Shou: A Centennial Commemoration, commemorates the 100-year anniversary of Mr Pan Shou.
Mr Pan, who passed away at age 88 in 1999, was regarded as the best calligrapher and Chinese poet in Singapore. He was the founding secretary-general of Nanyang University (Nantah).
Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Kiat, graced the event as Guest-of-Honour, which was held at Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) auditorium today. Mr Pan’s daughter, Miss Pan Xiaofen, also delivered a speech in dedication of her father’s memory.
IAS patron, Mr George Yeo, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, said that Singapore would be poorer culturally without Pan Shou’s literary works. Mr Yeo added that it is meaningful to remind people about Mr Pan’s contributions, because “without collective memories, there is no strong community”.
Mr Pan, highly respected both internationally and in Singapore, had also taught at the Chinese High School in 1934, which has since merged with Hwa Chong Junior College to form Hwa Chong Institution in 2005.
This conference, conducted in Mandarin, was also supported by HCI and the Tan Kah Kee International Society. Various notable academics and artists from China, Hong Kong and Malaysia had touched on various topics, such as Mr Pan’s biography, his calligraphy and poetry works, and included a panel discussion titled “Pan Shou and Nantah”.
The list of speakers include Mr Pan Yao Ming, Chief Editor of Hong Kong’s Ming Pao Monthly, which specialises in cultural and academic topics; Mr Choo Thiam Siew, President of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore; Wong Yoon Wah, Vice President of Southern College, Malaysia; and Mr Xie Chun Yan, renowned artist from China.
Director of IAS, Professor Phua Kok Khoo, said this conference held in honour of Pan Shou’s 100th birthday is a way to remember and commemorate Mr Pan’s past contributions to NTU and to Singapore’s arts culture.
“I hope that through this conference and centennial commemoration, more young people will get to know about Pan Shou and his immense contribution to the local arts scene and so be inspired to continue in his spirit, by stepping up to form a new generation of Singapore artists,” Prof Phua said.
Pan Shou’s calligraphy and literary books was also displayed at the Hwa Chong Institution today. His works will then be on showcase for the next month at NTU’s Chinese Library.
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