26 Oct '16, 10am

Here’s the tale of a dictionary that bridged two races in 19th century Singapore https://t.co/5xn8QKpiO3

Here’s the tale of a dictionary that bridged two races in 19th century Singapore https://t.co/5xn8QKpiO3

In the preface penned by Zuo Binglong (左秉隆), the first Chinese Consul to Singapore appointed by the Qing Imperial Court, the writer explains that the dictionary was necessary because large numbers of Chinese migrants had settled in Nanyang (南洋 or the “South Seas”) to trade with the Malays in the region. Since the migrants – mainly from the Zhangzhou and Quanzhou regions of Fujian province and Chaozhou in Guangdong province – could not conduct their business effectively due to their inability to speak Malay, a dictionary was needed.

Full article: http://www.nlb.gov.sg/biblioasia/2016/01/26/a-dictionary-...

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