Liang Qichao and Singapore 梁启超与南洋
From Ms Ann SHEN _ on January 22nd, 2020
While Liang Qichao never set foot in Singapore, he was closely linked with the place. In fact, his mentor Huang Zunxian was once the Chinese envoy to Singapore. When Liang and Kang Youwei led the Hundred Days of Reform in 1898, Khoo Seok Wan, who was in Singapore at the time, monitored the situation in Beijing closely and responded accordingly. When Kang and Liang went into exile and established the Chinese Empire Reform Association, Khoo even founded a newspaper to establish solidarity and provide financial support to the exiles. Evidently, the overseas Chinese in Singapore remained strongly connected to the changes that were happening in China.
Twenty years later, Liang became a key figure behind the May Fourth Movement in China. This movement, along with the cultural awaking it represented, also resonated strongly with the Chinese community in Singapore.
This lecture explores Liang’s vision of China’s reformation and its ties to the Singaporean community.