Chinese Heritage Centre
Chinese Heritage Centre brings you two engaging exhibitions that revolve around the ethnic Chinese outside China.
Chinese More or Less: An Exhibition on Overseas Chinese Identity
Occupying some 6,000 sq feet, this stunning exhibition examines the theme of “Chineseness” and Chinese identity and presents them in stimulating displays for the senses.
Nantah Pictorial Exhibition
Nanyang University (Nantah) was the only Chinese-medium institution of higher learning outside China. There are more than 120 archival photographs in the exhibition which tell a thousand stories about hopes, idealism, commitment and self-sacrifice.
Charges applicable for Guided Tours (Requests should be made at least one week in advance)
Students (all levels): $1.00
Senior citizens: $1.00
- < $10
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Rethinking the Local Chinese Identity
With its jade-green roof and striking red pillars, the Chinese Heritage Centre – or the “temple-looking building”, as most students are inclined to call it – is definitely a defining landmark at Nanyang Technological University. It’s interesting, though, that despite the free admission and frequent streams of well-groomed visitors that seemed to have much to say about the centre, few of us students had ever ventured into the place ourselves.
My first visit to the centre came at the peak of our examinations last year. Desperate to find a quiet spot to hit the books and having heard that there was a quiet library in the centre that few students knew of, I decided to check the place out.
The interior of the place, I must say, was much larger than I had expected - with its winding staircases (occasionally adorned with cobwebs) and largely hexogonal structure, it was very much like a large villa or bungalow that had not been upkept for some time. An incidental stumble into one of the exhibition areas turned out to be quite a surprising treat - in spite of the mostly lengthy, static displays in the exhibition area, the abundance of personal artefacts and anecdotes chronicling the beginnings of the local Chinese diaspora had me thinking about my local Chinese identity in quite a different light, compared to the common traditional Chinese ideologies we had been spoonfed with since young.
While I had spent the rest of my time with my books in the library and hadn't had the chance to take a detailed tour of the place, it did leave with me a strong first impression of being a reflective space to understand one's local Chinese roots, and a treasure for those who wish to discover their cultural heritage in a more personable, localised way.