Why is Guan Yin not wearing Chanel?

A community collaboration between Chan Ngee 灿艺 and Chinatownology to share more about the cultural heritage of Chinatown in Singapore, better known as Da Po 大坡.

Guan Yin, Kwan Yim, 观音, or Avalokiteśvara is one of the most popular and well known female goddess in Asia and probably in the world. Understanding Guan Yin culture is often the key to understand local religious customs and even monuments like Ankor Wat, Borobudur, Buddhist monasteries and Taoist temples.

Historically, Guan Yin’s form reflects contemporary body ascetics and fashions tastes. If this observation holds, then Guan Yin should be wearing Chanel but she is not. Why is that so?

Come find out at Chan Ngee 灿艺 who has allowed us access to its vast collection of Guan Yin to share this story.

About the Speaker
Chan Chow Wah is a Fellow of Royal Anthropological Institute and has presented his paper “Why is Guan Yin not wearing Chanel?” at the 4th International Conference Buddhism & Australia in Perth.
Chan has a Masters in Social Anthropology from London School of Economics and is also a Tedx 2015 speaker, author of “Light on the Lotus Hill” and producer/director of “Social Diary of a Spirit Meidum” and “We are not a nuisance!”.

About Chan Ngee
Chan Ngee 灿艺 was founded in 1969 in Singapore by the parent company Thye Nam 泰南公司 to cater to the booming demand in Chinese antiques, arts and crafts in the 1970-1980s, dealing in retail and wholesale for regional countries from Singapore to Indonesia and Malaysia.

Because of space constraints, there will only be places for 30 persons. Please register at the ticket url. Pay as you wish after the talk.

Fri Mar 10, 2017
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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