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Talk: Light on Lotus Hill: The Sino-Japanese War & World War II in Singapore: A talk by Chan Chow Wah
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Venue: Possibility Room Level 5, National Library
Date | Time: Saturday, 8 Jan 2011 | 3 – 5pm
Admission: Free and open to public

 

“Light of the Lotus Hill”, a book documenting the life of Venerable Pu Liang was launched on 28 May 2009. The book documents the life and history of Venerable Pu Liang, the 10th Abbot of Shuang Lin Monastery, who was also the chairperson of the Singapore Chinese Buddhist Association from 1937 to 1942.

 

In 1935, Venerable Pu Liang initiated the 2nd restoration of the Shuang Lin Monastery but when the Sino Japanese war erupted in 1935, he stopped the restoration project and suported the China Relief Fund founded by Tan Kah Kee.

 

After the fall of Singapore, Venerable Pu Liang was arrested and executed by the Japanese. It is reasonable to believe that if Venerable Pu Liang had survived the war, he would have restored the Shuang Lin Monastery.

 

This history was largely unknown until the author, Chan Chow Wah, began research about 5 years ago and put together the history of Venerable Pu Liang. In the research process, 4 of the 5 known photos of Venerable Pu Liang were found. The venerable’s photos were hidden after his execution to prevent harassment from the Japanese soldiers.

 

The Author Mr Chan Chow Wah read Masters in Social Anthropology from London School of Economics, UK and is a Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow 2006,  and Fellow of The Royal Anthropological Institute, UK

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