A Window To The Lives Of Our Forefathers, Their Values and Concerns
- The works of an early pioneer Chinese writer in Singapore and Malaya, Chen Qing Shan (1894-1960).
- Written in a simple, yet incisive style and with good humour.
- Opens for us a window to the everyday life of our forefathers, from their living conditions, their worries and concerns, to their philosophy of life and the values they espouse.
- A labour of love by Chen Qing Shan's sons Peter Chen (Former Senior Minister of State for Education， Singapore) and Dr Michael Tan (who practised anesthesiology and taught at the University of Rochester, NY), who took several years to collect and translate the letters and articles into English.
- Original Chinese text and its English translation presented side by side, ideal for students who want to improve their Chinese or English.
- Some of the articles in this book had been included in the supplementary readers for secondary schools in Singapore.
"I feel a sense of empathy with the literary style and the stories. To me and many people of my generation, this book brings us back in time, to familiar settings, with real characters. To younger readers, the book invites you to step into a past era, when lives moved at a slower tempo, and ruled by traditions, human relations existed on a more subdued level but the human spirit ran equally high and intense."
LIU THAI KER
CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL SINGAPORE