Sunday, July 29, 2012

Book launch event:《入墓三分,一脉香承》

Chinese Traditional Architecural Culture Series : Close encounters with Bukit Brown and Local Temples
Date: Sunday Jul 29, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Venue: Multi-Purpose Room in Central Public Library, National Library Building 

This morning, I had the great pleasure to attend a book launch at the Multi-Purpose Room in Central Public Library. Two publications, written by five students from Ngee Ann Polytechic who are reading Diploma in Chinese Studies, were being presented at the book launch.

During the event, I learnt more about the Bukit Brown Cemetery as well as interesting architectural features of Chinese temples in Singapore. It was heart-warming to see that the event was well-attended by young adults and tertiary students.

I received a complimentary copy of each of the two books that were launched at the event. It was a very pleasant surprise when I heard that everyone at the event would receive a complimentary copy of each of the two books! The book on Bukit Brown Cemetery, 《入墓三分》, was reader-friendly and I managed to finish reading it in less than two hours. I like the fact that it was written in a rather accessible manner and that it contains a number of photographs to captivate the interest of the readers.

The book, 《入墓三分》, can be divided into six broad sections. The first section attempts to demystify the Bukit Brown Cemetery. This section gives an overview to history of the cemetery and the origins of its name. The second section describes the challenges that the authors had faced when they were exploring the cemetery with the objective of learning more about it. The third section describes the various interesting encounters that the authors had met with when they were doing their fieldwork at the cemetery. The fourth section discusses about some of the interesting tomb features that the authors have observed. The fifth section touches on the protectors of the tombs. These include the sculptures of the lion and the Sikh guard. The book concludes with the authors' reflections.

I shall start reading the other book, 《庙在‧妙哉》, soon.

Many thanks to the generosity of the sponsors for making the publication of the books and the book launch possible. The sponsors were: 新加坡福清会馆新加坡南安会馆,金圣私人有限公司和永昇工程私人有限公司. NLB Public Libraries Singapore was the venue sponsor for the event.

I felt very inspired by the authors' perseverance to write and publish the books. It seemed to urge me to write and publish a book soon too.

Please find more information regarding the two books below:

ISBN: 978-981-07-2838-0

ISBN: 978-981-07-2976-9

Please contact Ngee Ann Poly, School of Humanities and Social Sciences for more information on the two books. For your convenience, here are the contact details.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Block 52 #04-01
535 Clementi Road
Singapore 599 489

Email address:
General Enquiries: (+65) 6460 8577
Fax Enquiries: (+65) 6875 1469

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