From left to right: Mr Goh Sin Teck, Editor, Lianhe Zaobao; Associate Professor Foo Tee Tuan, Director, Centre for Chinese Studies @SUSS; Professor Eddie Kuo Chen-Yu, Academic Advisor, Singapore University of Social Sciences; Mr Yau Lop Poon, Editor, Yazhou Zhoukan; Ms Han Yong Hong, Associate Editor, Lianhe Zaobao, cum Editor, Zaobao.com; Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, Singapore University of Social Sciences; Ms Han Yong May, Editor, CMG Newshub; and Ms Lee Huay Leng, Head, Chinese Media Group.
The summer of 2019 saw a division within Chinese communities worldwide due to the Hong Kong protest movement. On 5 Oct 2019, Mr Yau Lop Poon, Editor-in-Chief of Yazhou Zhoukan which is headquartered in Hong Kong, delivered a talk titled “Top Challenges Facing Today’s Global Chinese Communities” in Singapore to share his first-hand experience.
The annual public lecture, co-organised by the Centre for Chinese Studies@SUSS(CCS) and Lianhe Zaobao, was originally scheduled to be held at the SPH Auditorium. However, response was so overwhelming that the organisers decided, a week before the event, to change the venue to the Singapore Conference Hall in order to accommodate over 800 individuals who registered for the talk.
A/P Foo Tee Tuan, Director of Centre for Chinese Studies@SUSS, addressing the audience at the lecture.
In his opening remarks, A/P Foo Tee Tuan, Director of CCS, highlighted two key reasons for the event’s high attendance rate. First, Mr Yau Lop Poon is a famous and authoritative public intellectual in the Chinese-speaking world, and second, his talk focused on a key trending topic highly relevant to the region, and globally.
Mr. Yau Lop Poon, Chief Editor of Yazhou Zhoukan
Mr Yau talked at length about how China had transformed over the past few decades, and how Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the world reacted and adapted to these changes. He opined that the unrest in Hong Kong demonstrated the clash of development models of China and the West. While highlighting the ideological infighting within Taiwan and Hong Kong, he also urged Chinese communities in Southeast Asia to be more creative to develop their own brand of Chinese culture.
After the speech, Ms Han Yong Hong, Associate Editor of Lianhe Zaobao cum Editor of Zaobao.com, joined Mr Yau to wrap up the talk and answer questions from the audience.
Mr Yau and Ms Han Yong Hong, Associate Editor of Lianhe Zaobao cum Editor of Zaobao.com
to watch a video clip with highlights of the public lecture.
The SUSS Cultural China Public Lecture is an annual event held every October. Topics of previous lectures were related to media, film and TV industry, culture, folk religion, and cultural heritage preservation.