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Doing Business, Making News


Sat Aug 27 2016, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Toa Payoh, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: keith

Speaker: Dr. Koh Keng We

This talk shall examine the intersections between business, culture, and entrepreneurship in late colonial Singapore through the history of three commercial Chinese newspapers between the late nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, namely Lat Pau, Nanyang Siang Pau, and Sin Chew Jit Poh, and the business, cultural, and sociopolitical careers and projects of their founder entrepreneurs. Through this comparative study of newspapers and businessmen, the talk will examine the similarities and divergences in the place of culture in the latter's business strategies, and vice versa, as well as the ways in which the evolving cultural, technological and political environments, experiences, and realities from the 1880s to the 1940s provided new possibilities and pressures for such synergies between business, culture, and entrepreneurship.