Early Textbooks Collection 

After more than a year’s renovation and preparation work, the collection is ready for view. Benefited from donation of Professor Wen Daikui, Singapore Nanyang Girls’ High School, and Singapore Chinese High School, the collection hosts more than 2000 volumes of materials, mainly textbooks used in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, and other Southeast Asian countries from 1920s to 1970s. The subjects include English, Chinese, Malay, History, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Civics, Buddhism, etc.

Since the Kangxi 29 years (1690), the overseas Chinese in Indonesia Jakarta set up Ming Cheng College, overseas Chinese education had gone through from grassroots to flourish, and then to decline in the past 300 years. The study of overseas Chinese education not only helps us to understand the changes in the economic and political aspects of overseas Chinese, it aids in clarifying the transmutation of Chinese’s identity and Chinese culture awareness for overseas Chinese. Undoubtedly, these textbooks, indispensable as a teaching tool and an information carrier, provide original and unique information for the study of overseas Chinese education.

To better serve library users, information such as texts, pictures, video clips etc about the collecton and WGWL were uploaded onto a touch-screen TV. More information, such as bibliography, QRcode tags, are coming soon.

In the well-renovated room, old classroom circumstance was created through the use of classic Chinese-style furniture, decorations and artifacts.

We look forward to seeing you here!