Roots of the Tong Meng Hui in Ipoh and Singapore

by Chan Sue Meng and Fabian Tee

The Nanyang Chinese were key contributors to in the anti-Qing efforts which culminated in the Chinese Revolution of 1911. For this talk, two speakers will present on the personalities and activities of the Tong Meng Hui in Ipoh and Singapore.

Chan Sue Meng, the author of “Road to Revolution: Dr. Sun Yat Sen and His Comrades in Ipoh”, is the great great granddaughter of Lee Guan Swee who is the leader of Tong Meng Hui in Ipoh, Malaya during the Xinhai Revolution. Upon discovering the deeds of her ancestor and family memoirs, she decided to compile an annal regarding the activities of Dr Sun Yat Sen and his revolutionaries in Ipoh in an attempt to present the trail that was left behind by Dr. Sun and its impact on Ipoh.

As Perak had been in the forefront of the Chinese Revolution, she presents her focus on the people and places connected to them. In fact, a few men from Perak are memorialised in the Huanghuagang Memorial to the Revolution in Guangzhou for their sacrifice. What made Ipoh and Perak so attractive to Dr. Sun? How did they raise so much funds for him?

‘Road to Revolution: Dr. Sun Yat Sen and his Comrades in Ipoh’ is part of the ‘Dr Sun Yat Sen in Nanyang Series’ published by the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH), part of Singapore National Heritage Board. Sue Meng’s presentation will in large part be based on her book.

Chan Sue Meng
Intrapreneur; sustainability and stakeholder management specialist. https://sg.linkedin.com/in/chansuemeng

Fabian's presentation will explore what led Dr Sun Yat San to come to Singapore after 10 years of failing to make any headway in China to advance the republican cause between 1895-1905. Who were his local bretherns and die-hard supporters, and why did they even bother with a weak and divided feudal country in the comfort of distant Singapore? What did they do for republican China and more importantly, what lasting impact and influences did ROC's founding have on Singapore so long thereafter. Does Sun's political legacy matter in Singapore?

Fabian last worked as a corporate counsel and used to be a diplomat in his younger days. These days he guides frequently at Bukit Brown and Wan Qing Yuan (SYSMH). An all time politico-history enthusiast and a part-time nosy student of contemporary history.

Sat Jul 8, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM SGT
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