On 21 July 2022, SGM officially handed over 23 books of the 8-volume of The Complete Works of Hsu Yun-Tsiao to the New Era University College library at a book donation ceremony.
Hsu Yun-Tsiao is well-known as a scholar and a leading figure in Southeast Asian studies . He had devoted himself to the research, compilation and teaching of Southeast Asian and overseas Chinese history for half a century, leaving behind valuable cultural properties for future generations and making great contributions to the cause of culture and education.
President of New Era University College Prof Mok Soon Chong said in his speech that launching the publication of The Complete Works of Hsu Yun-Tsiao in 2004 and undertaking arduous editing work shows SGM’s foresight and dedication to cultural undertakings. Expressing his sincere gratitude to SGM, Prof Mok also said that the work will add value to the library and he looked forward to more cooperation between the two parties.
SGM General Director Koh Sia Feai, in his speech, mentioned that it was with the spirit to serve the society and nurture the future that SGM published the work. Using a metaphor that it is after digging layers of dirt can we get to the gold, Mr Koh shared that it took 17 years of collecting data, reviewing, compiling and overcoming various challenges and difficulties for the complete works to be published.
In addition to the complete works, SGM has also donated 114 works by SGI President Ikeda and art catalogues to the library to provide enrichment and spiritual nourishment for students. In 2013, SGM also donated 124 volumes of President Ikeda’s dialogues and other works to the library.
|Associate Professor Lew Bon Hoi (right), Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the work gave a lecture on “Recollections of the Editing Process of The Complete Works of Hsu Yun-Tsiao”||SGM General Director Mr Koh (right) presented The Complete Works of Hsu Yun-Tsiao to Mr Chow Sing Yau (left), Chairman of Centre For Malaysian Chinese Studies.|
After the ceremony, Associate Professor Lew Bon Hoi, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the work, who is also the Head of Centre of Malaysian History and the Department of Southeast Asian Studies of the University College, gave a lecture on “Recollections of the Editing Process of The Complete Works of Hsu Yun-Tsiao.” Assoc Prof Lew shared the joys and sorrows of the editing and publishing process, and pointed out that the works, which consist of about seven to eight million words, fully present Hsu Yun-Tsiao’s scholarship and the contemporary academic landscape.
In addition, at a book donation ceremony held at the Centre For Malaysian Chinese Studies on 23 July, Mr Koh presented the works to the chairman Mr Chow Sing Yau. He hoped that this academic “encyclopaedia” which is a compilation of Hsu Yun-Tsiao’s works will inspire readers and contribute to society.
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