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The Asian American Achievement Paradox
New book by CHC Director Professor Zhou Min, co-authored with Jennifer Lee
About the authors:
Jennifer Lee is professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine.
Zhou Min is professor of sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Description of the book:
30 January 2016
联合晚报, Page 6
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16 October 2015
Asian-Americans Should Be Proud of Overcoming Racism, But...
by Min Zhou
10 October 2015
New York Times "The Asian Advantage" by Nicholas Kristof
3 October 2015
The Economist “Asian-Americans: The model minority is losing patience” (a well-reported piece about how Asian Americans are stepping up to fight against discrimination and the ‘Bamboo Ceiling’)
28 August 2015
The Washington Post “The ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ of stereotyping Asian American students” by Sarah Kaplan
6 August 2015
《世界日报》（北美）“亞裔移民多精英 在美成就高”（ 編譯宋凌蘭）
4 August 2015
Inside Higher Ed An email interview by Jacqueline Thomsen
4 August 2015
Savage Minds "Book proves culture leads to Asian American success, headlines claim opposite"
Quote extracted from article:
"Zhou and Lee have done a tremendous amount of science and have a clear body of evidence and a compelling analysis of it...the study has taken on a controversial topic and has done a fine job with it. Anthropologists who want to engage the deep theoretical questions about culture, agency, and inequality that come from studying a politically-charged topic like racial inequality in the US would do well to keep this book and its findings on their radar."
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2015 年7月 9 日– 7日15日
编辑: 洪丽敏 美辑: 蔡晓伟
Chinese Heritage Centre's staff member, Choo Choon Seng wins gold in Men's Trap team event at SEA Games 2015
In the shooting competition on Friday (12 Jun), the team of Choo Choon Seng, Lim Hejun and Mohd Zain Amat scored 343 points to finish top in a field of five teams.
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Late Prof Rayson Huang contribution towards Nanyang University
By Prof Phua Kok Khoo
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Chinese Heritage Centre Celebrated the Chinese New Year and Kicked Off Its 20th Anniversary Celebrations
By Zhou Hao
As the Chinese New Year holiday drew to an end, the Chinese Heritage Centre (CHC) rekindled the festive mood with a New Year celebratory luncheon to kick off its 20th anniversary celebrations. On 2nd March 2015, NTU president Prof Bertil Andersson and several vice-presidents; chairman of CHC Board of Governors and several members of the board, including Prof Alan Chan (Dean of College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences), Prof Liu Hong (Chair of School of Humanities and Social Sciences), Prof K.K. Phua (Director of Institute of Advanced Studies), and Mr. Wu Hsioh Kwang (Vice-President of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry); distinguished faculty; distinguished business leaders; donors & supporters and other elite members of the Chinese community gathered for the luncheon. The event was graced by Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development Mr. Lee Yi Shyan, as the Guest-of-Honour.
During the celebratory luncheon, Professor Zhou Min, Director of Chinese Heritage Centre, shared her vision and plans for the future of CHC in her welcome speech. With the support of NTU, Singapore National Heritage Board, and the larger Chinese community, CHC strives to build upon its achievements and continue its good work on many fronts: to reach out to local communities and help connect young Singaporeans to their cultural heritage and to promote public education, community outreach, and multicultural exchange, acting as a bridge between the University and local communities, especially the local Chinese community. In addition, CHC will revamp its two permanent exhibitions — "Chinese More of Less" and “Nantah Pictorial Exhibition — in the museum as an effort to attract more visitors, especially the young; and digitalize all of the Early Chinese Textbook Collection from its Wang Gungwu Library, which would allow the public to gain access to over 2000 textbooks used in Chinese schools in the Southeast Asian region in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Prof Zhou also called for support and invited partnership from the community to build a “Youth Engagement & Community Service” programme through scholarships and public lectures. This programme would stimulate and inspire young people to serve the local community in view of preserving Chinese cultural heritage and nurturing a strong civic sense in youth.
Professor Bertil Anderson, President of NTU, informed the audience in his speech that, as a young University, NTU's accelerated progress and outstanding achievements is globally recognized. He acknowledged CHC’s place at NTU and its achievement in promoting Chinese culture in multicultural Singapore. He pointed out that one of the hallmarks that attributed to NTU’s success was its fusion of East and West and that CHC played a pivotal role that bridged the two worlds. Founded in 1995, CHC has over the years preserved and promoted Chinese culture. Professor Andersson urged CHC to continue the effort and scale greater heights.
In his keynote speech, Mr. Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development, stressed the importance of history and tradition for nation building. He called for the continuous effort by CHC to promote Chinese culture and to provide an avenue for the public to learn the struggles of pioneers who strived and thrived. Mr. Lee feels that understanding the past is a cornerstone for future development of the nation.
In conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration, over 200 rare Chinese New Year cards are on display. Their history range from 1940s to 1970s, some are over 70 years old. These cards come in different designs and carry diverse content, delineating the multi-faceted society and its changes. Mr. Tan Lai Huat, who put these cards on loan to CHC for the exhibition, remarked that these cards attested to the hardships and hurdles the pioneer generation had to overcome in order to survive and build this nation, and that there was no place better to display them other than CHC. The cards were on display for a month in March.
As New Year Luncheon came to a close, CHC’s 20th anniversary celebrations begin. As there is no end for the promotion of Chinese culture, CHC ushers in a New Year of progress with the bustling of lion dance, music, and Lo Hei.
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Chinese Heritage Centre opens exhibition of rare Chinese New Year cards
An exhibition of more than 200 rare Chinese New Year cards, some more than 70 years old, has kicked off the 20th anniversary celebrations of Chinese Heritage Centre. The month-long exhibition, starting from 2 March 2015, showcases the personal collection of Mr Tan Lai Huat, an avid collector of Chinese memorabilia. The variation in designs tells an interesting visual story of how Singapore society has changed over the years. A leading centre that promotes Chinese culture and history, the Centre is working on several new initiatives as part of its 20th anniversary activities. They include plans to digitalise its more than 2,000 early textbooks collections, a revamp of its two permanent exhibitions, and a series of public symposia related to pioneer Singaporeans.
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Showpieces from exhibition Chinese Schools - A Lasting Legacy will be saved by Chinese Heritage Centre
20 July 2014
The Chinese Heritage Centre, NTU will be saving showpieces from the exhibition 'Chinese Schools - A Lasting Legacy'. The showpieces will be featured in future exhibitions to provide public with opportunities to learn more about the history of Singaporean Chinese. The showpieces include photos, testimonials, certificates, school magazines and school logos donated by Federation of Chinese School Alumni Associations. Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre, Prof Zhou Min, commented that the contents of the exhibition is an important part of Singaporean Chinese heritage and it is the centre's mission and obligation to preserve these pieces.
NTU’s Chinese Heritage Centre to preserve exhibits from Chinese Schools - A Lasting Legacy
20 Jul 2014, Lianhe Wanbao, page 6
The Chinese Heritage Centre, NTU will be preserving over 700 exhibits from the 'Chinese Schools - A Lasting Legacy' exhibition for future exhibitions. Prof Zhou Min, Director of Chinese Heritage Centre, said the artefacts are precious collection and an important part of Singapore history. It is the centre's mission to promote awareness of Chinese culture as well as to preserve the cultural artefacts.
On 17 July 2014, the Huang Yao Foundation received the award of the Supporter of the Arts for their contribution to the Chinese Heritage Centre for the translation of Hua Ren Zhi. Both partners of this project are keen to see this newly translated work published, as it gives compelling insights into an early part of Singapores’ history and the Chinese people whom resided in the country at that time.
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NTU’s Chinese Heritage Centre has received a $45,000 donation from Huang Yao Foundation to support the centre’s new “Translation Programme (Chinese–to-English) for the study of Chinese overseas”. The first project of the programme is to translate the famous painter and scholar, Huang Yao’s work – The History of the Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore into English. Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre, Professor Zhou Min said that this project aims to introduce overseas Chinese research works to English readers and enhance people’s understanding of the culture, history and heritage of Chinese overseas. A team of NTU students led by Prof Zhou has completed about one-sixth of the translation. The project is expected to be completed in September this year. The Centre’s next initiative is to co-operate with China Guangdong Wuyi University Overseas Chinese Hometown Research Centre for the study of Southeast Asia Chinese hometown culture.
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Lianhe Zaobao, page 8
Asia Weekly: Singapore minds its heritage language
20 December 2013
Professor Zhou Min, Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre, discussed about the retention of the Chinese culture and language in Singapore. She also said that the Centre is working hard "to retain the heritage language and also the traditions and culture".
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China Daily Asia
Current director of NTU Chinese Heritage Centre, Prof Suryadinata Leo, will be retiring in November. His successor is Prof Zhou Min who is also NTU Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor, Divisional Head of Sociology. She will be the fifth director of the centre since its establishment. As a renowned scholar, Prof Zhou is also a Professor of Sociology & Asian American Studies and Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in U.S.-China Relations & Communications at the UCLA, as well as a visiting professor at several universities in mainland China. Her ambitious plan includes extending research field and research timeline of the centre, and strengthening its unique role as the only institution combining features of research, museum, and library in Singapore.
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Lianhe Zaobao page 1 and 6
The Straits Times, page B6, 16 October
Call for Volunteers at the Chinese Heritage Centre Museum!
The Chinese Heritage Centre (CHC) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is calling out to all who are interested in volunteering! We are particularly in need of both English- and Chinese-speaking museum guides.
CHC is housed in the administration and library building of the former Nanyang University (Nantah), a landmark establishment as the first and only Chinese-medium university outside China founded by the Chinese overseas and is now a national monument.
The CHC museum has two permanent exhibitions: Nantah Pictorial Exhibition and Chinese More or Less Exhibition. The Nantah Pictorial Exhibition traces the short but inspirational history of Nantah, telling moving, humbling, and inspiring stories about hopes, idealism, commitment, self-sacrifice, and achievements of Chinese overseas. The Chinese More Or Less Exhibition focuses on the theme of “Chineseness,” exploring identity formation and development of Chinese overseas in the region and around the world at different historical times. The museum opens seven days a week to the public (excluding public holidays) and has been drawing an increasing number of local and overseas visitors of all ages.
For years CHC museum has benefited from the loyal support of our dedicated friends and volunteers. As our museum programs and visitorship grow, we are calling for more volunteers, mainly to provide guided tours to the exhibitions. Time of volunteer service is based on need but flexible. We will provide the necessary training and relevant materials on an ongoing basis.
While museum guides work on a voluntary basis, CHC will offer tokens of appreciation and official recognition for their work. We are in need of both English- and Chinese-speaking guides. If you are interested to be trained as CHC museum guides, please contact Ms Olivia Chew at firstname.lastname@example.org or call CHC museum at (65) 6513 8157.
I am immensely saddened by the passing of Singapore’s founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Singapore and the world owe a lot to Mr Lee, and I join thousands of people here in Singapore and around the world in mourning the loss of this great man. At the Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University, we still remember LKY’s words, delivered to us at CHC’s 10th anniversary gala dinner in 2005: “Heritage is not something static, lying hidden to be discovered, admired and conserved. It is a part of the lives of people, and it shapes the ways people meet new challenges and helps them adapt to survive.” The best way to commemorate Mr Lee is to act on his words. We will continue to work to preserve Chinese heritage and build CHC into a first-rate research centre on the study of Chinese oversea. My deepest condolences go to the Lee family, and may you, Mr Lee, rest in peace!
Zhou Min, Director of Chinese Heritage Centre, NTU
Chinese More Or Less Exhibition
Nantah Pictorial Exhibition
Corridor Gallery @ Level 2
Chinese Heritage Centre Building
Cash donations are very welcomed as CHC depends on the generosity of patrons around the world to fund future projects. Donors enjoy double tax deduction.
We also welcome donation of books and other historical documents and artefacts.
Please contact us at (65) 6790 6176 / (65) 6513 8157 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Greetings from Chinese Heritage Centre!
The annual Children’s Season is around the corner. Bring your kids and join us on 11 June, 9am-4pm at the Chinese Heritage Centre for a day of fun and cultural activities! You may find more details in the publicity poster below.
Click on the link below to register and receive a door gift for your child!
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Children’s Season 2015
Dance & Play @ CHC
Date: 6 June 2015
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Chinese Heritage Centre, NTU
12 Nanyang Drive Singapore 637721
The Chinese Heritage Centre cordially invites you to join us for a day of activities, including guided tours of CHC museum, all-day cartoon screening and bilingual learning through a fun fishing game. You will also get to learn how to create your own family tree!
Bring along your friends and family members! See you!
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Nantah Alumni Open House @ Chinese Heritage Centre
5 June 2015, 10am to 6 pm
6 June 2015, 10am to 5 pm
地址/Address：华裔馆 (Chinese Heritage Centre)
12 Nanyang Drive 637721
电话/Tel： +65 6513 8157
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Make the most of your weekend at the Chinese Heritage Centre (CHC)! In conjunction with Monument Open House 2015, and in celebration of CHC’s 20th anniversary, CHC is offering fun and enriching activities on 18 and 19 April 2015, from 10am to 5pm. Highlights include:
1) Who Were Our Pioneers? Guided tours to CHC exhibitions
Time: 10am and 2pm (Mandarin), 12 noon (English)
Duration: 45 minutes
2) Special Bus Trips to the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle
Explore the oldest dragon kiln in Singapore! View fascinating wood-fired pieces by different clay artists, and have a glimpse of Singapore’s kampong life in the 1960s!
Meeting time: 1pm
Meeting point: Main entrance of the CHC
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
To register, please email your name and contact details to NHB_NationalMonuments@nhb.gov.sg. Registration closes on 17 April, 12 noon. Spaces are limited, so sign up early to avoid disappointment!
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