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Chinese Enterprises and Communities Monograph Series

Chief Editor: Professor Eddie C. Y. Kuo




第一册:《国际元立集团“企业家族”信念之探讨》Volume 1: Prime Group International: The Study of a 'Corporate Family'

Author: Chung Yun-ying

This case study explores how Prime Group International, through the principles of Confucianism, transforms itself from a 'family business' to become a 'corporate family'.

Led by its chairman, Mr Tan Hong Khoon, Prime Group International started with running Prime Supermarket in Singapore. Over the years, it gradually ventured into various overseas businesses, ranging from resort and hospitality, golf course, agriculture, real estate, education to wellness and healthcare.

Mr Tan firmly believes that 'family' forms the basis of all societies and when the family is not well managed, it becomes the source of many problems in modern society. He attributes the success of his businesses to the adoption of a good set of house rules, fairness, justice, openness and leads by example. These are basically Confucian in nature. Meanwhile, the author also highlights the contribution of some key female family members in maintaining a harmonious relationship in the family. With the expansion of the business, and through application of Confucian ideals, Prime Group International has transformed itself to become a "corporate family", where their corporate employees are instilled with a sense of identity and become part of the extended family.







ccs publication monograph volume 2 book coverVolume 2: Singapore Writers Association: Forging Ahead in Half a Century

Author: Teo Sum Lim

The author examines the achievements of the Singapore Association of Writers on two levels – internal and external – in relation to its aims and structures. He also discusses the association’s activities within the social context of the past five decades.

The Association’s journey is divided into four stages of development, namely nascency, foundation building, advancement, and transformation. By parsing its milestones based on the two levels, the author discusses the Association’s contribution to Singapore Chinese culture and the impetus given to its 50 years of forging ahead, followed by his recommendations for the future.






ccs publication monograph volume 3 book coverVolume 3: A Study of Chinese Newspapers in Singapore (1887-1912): The Construction and Evolution of Chinese Identity

Author: Zhao Ying


Overseas Chinese newspapers served as a link between China and regions of Chinese diasporas, disseminating news from China to the world and at the same time, revealing the many facets of overseas Chinese communities.


This book consists of four chapters. The author explores the value of overseas Chinese newspaper publishers and the historical significance of their existence through textual analyses of Chinese newspapers produced in Singapore during the late 19th century when the Qing dynasty was nearing its end. In so doing, she highlights the function of Chinese newspapers in promoting Chinese education and culture in Singapore, and their efforts in addressing racial politics, as well as questions on the reaction and social environment formation outside of China which resulted from major historical events in the mainland.


The author considers the backdrop of the time reflected in such newspapers and China’s image portrayed at different periods, with a focus on analysing the critical time of social identity during which overseas Chinese formed their perceptions of China at their initial stage of migration. This book presents a retrospection of how Chinese newspapers in Singapore during the late 19th century interacted with mainland Chinese society while separated in terms of linguistic context and became an overseas mirror image parallel to China.



第三册:《新加坡华文报刊研究(1887-1912)— 华人身份认同的建构与演变》








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