“The Fragrance of Books and Love for Zongzi” Book Launch Event and Dragon Boat Festival Gathering Successfully Held

Original Post - 14 Jun 2022

On the afternoon of June 3, 2022, the Singapore Puxian (Hinghwa) Network successfully hosted the "Fragrance of Books and Love for Zongzi" book launch event and Dragon Boat Festival gathering at the Furama RiverFront Hotel. The event was presided over by Minister of Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, Mr. Edwin Tong. The "Ten Tones, Eight Melodies" ensemble performed traditional Hinghwa music, captivating an audience of over 200 guests.

HINGHWA: The history and stories of the Hinghwa people

The English book "HINGHWA: The history and stories of the Hinghwa people," authored by Dr. Wang Shunlong and published by the Singapore Puxian (Hinghwa) Network compiles over 10 years of research to provide a deep insight into the historical and cultural journey of the Hinghwa community in Southeast Asia. With 168 pages, a total of 1000 copies have been printed and are available for purchase at the Singapore Book Fair until the 12th of this month. Additionally, copies can be obtained at designated Putien restaurants and bookstores, priced at $50 each.
Dr. Wang Shunlong, aged 68, expressed his hope that the book would enlighten younger generations and people of other ethnicities about the Hinghwa community. He emphasized the remarkable achievements of Hinghwa ancestors in politics, business, science, and the arts, urging young Hinghwa individuals to take pride in their heritage. Minister Edwin Tong underscored the significance of preserving cultural heritage, history, and cuisine as integral parts of Hinghwa culture, contributing to Singapore's unique identity through cultural exchange and evolution.
In his address, President Fang Zhizhong of the Association stated, "Some may ask why a traditional Chinese association like ours would invest resources and effort into publishing an English book. The answer is simple: as long as it unites the Hinghwa people and preserves our cultural heritage, we are willing to do so in any language and format."”
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