A new book by the National Library looks back on the development of Chinese education in Singapore, through more than a century’s worth of textbooks.

Pages That Opened Our Minds: A Pictorial Catalogue of Chinese Textbooks in Singapore (1902-2015) chronicles the history of Chinese textbooks here. It also contains a joint catalogue of Chinese textbooks from the collections of the National Library, the Ministry of Education Heritage Centre, and Nanyang Technological University’s Wang Gungwu Library. In all, the book features 440 textbooks and teaching manuals, spanning more than 3,000 volumes.

Published in September, the book is the second of a two-volume series. The first volume, Pages That Opened Our Minds: A Pictorial Catalogue of Early Chinese Textbooks in Southeast Asia, was published in 2014 by the Chou Sing Chu Foundation and the National Library, and covers Chinese textbooks published by the World Book Company and its subsidiaries. The second volume features textbooks from over 50 other publishers.

A valuable resource for researchers studying the development of Chinese education in Singapore, the new book will be available for borrowing at all libraries, with an electronic edition available on BookSG.

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