the story of chinatown

The Story of Chinatown 牛车水的故事

By Wong Sow Kuen

TALK

 

Since the founding of modern Singapore 200 years ago, Chinatown has occupied a significant role in the country’s cultural development. The district was identified as a key area for development within the Raffles Town Plan and is steeped in rich history and heritage. Nowadays touted as a popular tourist destination, Chinatown also carries the stories of sentiments of early Chinese immigrants. Why is it called niu che shui (“ox” “car” “water”)? Why is it of such importance to Singapore? What are the changes that have taken place in the past few decades? What has been preserved and what has been lost?

In this talk, Wong Sow Kuen, who has lived in Chinatown for more than 50 years and witnessed its many changes, will draw on her first-hand experiences and take audiences on a journey to uncover the lesser-known stories and secrets of Chinatown.

Conducted in Mandarin.

《牛车水的故事》

牛车水是新加坡开埠200年以来一直扮演着重要的角色的地区。牛车水的形成和莱佛士的“城市计划”有着密切的关系;历史丰富的牛车水反映了早期华人移民的生活面貌,使旅客向往的地方。随着经济的发展,牛车水开始改变。它为什么叫牛车水?为什么得到人么的青睐?过去与现在,牛车水有哪些变化?有什么失去和拥有?身为一个在牛车水成长的孩子,一个牛车水的居民,黄秀娟女士将会在这个讲座与大家分享“牛车水的故事”,回顾这让新加坡人眷恋的地方。

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