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HIST3373 Chinese Education in Singapore and Malaysia in the Twentieth Century

Semester 2 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeMonday 2:30pm-4:15pm

VenueLSK 208

LanguageCantonese /

Lecturer LEE Hiu Hong Michael ((852) 3943 7122 /

Course Description


本科旨在探究新加坡及馬來西亞在英國殖民統治時代至獨立以後的華文教育 (以華語為教學語言) 之發展過程。新馬兩地的華文教育發展受到政治、社會、經濟及文化等因素的影響,而且華文教育與新馬兩地英國殖民統治末期的政治變遷有著密不可分的關係。二十世紀同時亦見證新馬兩地華文教育曾經盛極一時,直至現在面臨不少發展方面的困難,其長遠發展之前景仍然是未知數。本科將就新馬兩地華文教育的興衰作深入而詳細的討論,其中主要的課題包括:華文教育與海外華人之關係、華文教育在英國殖民統治時代所受到的壓制、著名華商辦學、華文教育與戰後新馬兩地後殖民時期政治發展之關係、華文大學的興衰、獨立後新馬兩地政府對華文教育發展的政策變化、馬來西亞華校和華教組織對當地政府所推行的華文教育政策之反抗,並針對新馬華文教育發展的特點作比較研究。




  1. 學生能夠追溯新加坡及馬來西亞華文教育在19及20世紀的發展經過。
  2. 學生能夠闡釋新加坡及馬來西亞華文教育在20世紀如何演變。
  3. 學生能夠辨識新加坡及馬來西亞華文教育歷史發展的特色。
  4. 學生能夠比較新加坡和馬來西亞兩地華文教育歷史發展過程之異同。
  5. 學生能夠從新加坡及馬來西亞兩地的案例,就華文教育對東南亞華人之歷史意義作出評價。
  6. 學生能夠針對新加坡和馬來西亞兩地之政治、社會及經濟等方面的背景,對兩地之華文教育歷史進行深入研究。

Lecture 01 (06 Jan): Introduction

Lecture 02 (13 Jan): Singapore and Malaysia in the 20th Century

Lecture 03 (20 Jan): Chinese Society in Singapore and Malaysia

Lecture 04 (03 Feb): Origins of Chinese Education in Singapore and Malaysia

Lecture 05 (10 Feb): Chinese Organizations and Chinese Education in Singapore and Malaysia

Lecture 06 (17 Feb): Pioneer of Chinese Education in Singapore: Tan Kah Kee

Lecture 07 (24 Feb): Chinese Education in Singapore and Malaysia and its Relations with Britain and China

Lecture 08 (2 Mar): Postwar Chinese Education and Political Instability in Singapopre and Malaysia

Lecture 09 (9 Mar): The Rise and Fall of Nanyang University

Lecture 10 (16 Mar): The Evolution of Chinese Education in Post-independent Singapore and Malaysia

Lecture 11 (23 Mar): Chinese School Organizations in Malaysia: Dongzong, Jiaozong and Sim Mow Yu

Lecture 12 (06 Apr): Does Chinese Education Revive in Singapore and Malaysia?

Lecture 13 (13 Apr): Conclusion

Assessment & Assignments

Tutorials 25%
Tutorial Review Essay 25%
Take-Home Examination 50%


Please refer to the course outline to be available by late December 2019 in this website and elearn blackboard.

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.

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