On 21 July 2022, SUSS’ Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS@SUSS) celebrated its 10th anniversary with the book launch of Unity in Diversity: Language and Society in Singapore, at the opening ceremony of the 22nd International Conference on Chinese Language and Culture (ICCLC-22), hosted in Singapore for the first time by the university.
Established in January 2012, CCS@SUSS has been working towards raising awareness and understanding of the Chinese language, culture, and contemporary Chinese society within the context of multicultural Singapore.
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, SUSS President, delivered his welcome speech at the opening of the 22nd International Conference on Chinese Language and Culture.
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, SUSS President, opened the event by sharing the importance of having a language policy in place in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual country such as Singapore: “Our language policies need to be intentional and holistic, well-explained to stakeholders given the sensitive issues at stake. Given the volatility we see in the world today, among different nationalities and language groups, there is even more impetus and urgency for appropriate language policies to be formulated.”
Associate Professor Foo Tee Tuan, Director of CCS@SUSS, spoke about the Centre’s developments and milestones in the past decade.
Associate Professor Foo Tee Tuan, Director of CCS@SUSS, spoke about the Centre’s developments and milestones in the past decade. These include community events such as the Singapore Chinese Film Festival, the SUSS Cultural China Public Lectures, and the Singapore Early Childhood Education Chinese Symposium; publication of books under the SUSS Humanities Series, and the Chinese Enterprises and Communities Monograph Series; bringing the Inspired Island series of literary film festivals to Singapore; and running the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (in Chinese) in collaboration with Beijing Normal University.
Unity in Diversity: Language and Society in Singapore is the latest book published under the SUSS Humanities Series. Professor Cheong and Professor Phua Kok Khoo, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of World Scientific Publishing, were present to grace the book launch.
The newly launched book is co-authored by Professor Eddie Kuo, founding director of CCS@SUSS and SUSS Academic Advisor, and Associate Professor Luo Futeng, SUSS Head of Chinese Language & Literature programmes.
From left: Associate Professor Luo Futeng, SUSS Head of Chinese Language & Literature programmes; Professor Eddie Kuo, founding director of CCS@SUSS and SUSS Academic Advisor; Professor Phua Kok Khoo, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, World Scientific Publishing; Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, SUSS President; and Associate Professor Foo Tee Tuan, Director of CCS@SUSS.
The authors present a holistic observation of the implementation and progress of Singapore’s language planning and bilingual education policies since the nation’s independence. This is done through analysing data gleaned from years of national census and large amounts of historical facts, and setting the research from sociolinguistic perspectives.
The book also explores the current state of languages used by the four main local ethnic groups and the future trends, leading to discussions on important social sciences issues such as national consciousness, racial consciousness and self-identity.
Professor Eddie Kuo, founding director of CCS@SUSS and SUSS Academic Advisor (left) and Associate Professor Luo Futeng, SUSS Head of Chinese Language & Literature programmes, were delighted to launch their new book.
Participants of the event each received a complimentary copy of Unity in Diversity: Language and Society in Singapore.
In tandem with the book launch, Professor Eddie Kuo delivered the keynote address entitled Unity in Diversity: Language Planning and Nation-building in Singapore, at the ICCLC-22. In the globalised 21st century, CCS@SUSS strives to serve as a bridging platform between the Singaporean Chinese community and other Chinese societies around the world, with the aim of forging mutual trust and friendship.
To find out more about the SUSS Humanities Series, and the Chinese Enterprises and Communities Monograph Series of books, visit here.
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