Chou Sing Chu Foundation (CSCF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 by Mr Chou Cheng Ngok, Popular Holdings Limited’s Group CEO, in honour of his late father, Mr Chou Sing Chu (1905-1986), founder of Cheng Hing Company, World Book Company and Popular Book Company (POPULAR).
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Upholding Mr Chou Sing Chu’s unyielding spirit in promoting Chinese culture and language, Chou Sing Chu Foundation (CSCF) has donated books to both public and school libraries, organized literature lectures, curated exhibitions on culture and history, and conducted storytelling sessions in public libraries, schools and shopping malls.
Since 2014, we have published quality Chinese children’s publications and books about Chinese literature and history in the region, to document the development of the local Chinese publishing industry and literary heritage.
Our name tells a story of a father and son’s passion for the Chinese culture, and a son’s tribute to his father.
Chou Sing Chu Foundation (CSCF) was founded in 2004 by Mr Chou Cheng Ngok, Group CEO of POPULAR Holdings, with the aim of promoting Chinese culture and language in Singapore.
Mr Chou Sing Chu was passionate about Chinese culture, and active in promoting Chinese culture in Southeast Asia. Due to the political developments in the region after World War Two, the supply of Chinese books began to decline in the late 1940s. Mr Chou Sing Chu was the driving force that made Chinese books much more accessible to readers in Southeast Asia. His heavy involvement in the publishing industry not only quenched the region’s literary thirst and stimulated the publishing industry, but also groomed a generation of talented publishing editors across Southeast Asia.
Mr Chou Sing Chu, Pioneer of Book Industry
Mr Chou Sing Chu (1905 – 1986) was the late father of Mr Chou Cheng Ngok, and the founder of POPULAR Group.
Arriving on the shores of Singapore in 1924, Mr Chou Sing Chu set up his first bookstore, beginning a lifelong career that would eventually expand and grow into the POPULAR Holdings we know today.Mr Chou Sing Chu was passionate about Chinese culture, and active in promoting Chinese culture in Southeast Asia.
Due to the political developments in the region after World War Two, the supply of Chinese books began to decline in the late 1940s. Mr Chou Sing Chu was the driving force that made Chinese books much more accessible to readers in Southeast Asia. His heavy involvement in the publishing industry not only quenched the region’s literary thirst and stimulated the publishing industry, but also groomed a generation of talented publishing editors across Southeast Asia.
Emphasis on Education
Mr Chou Sing Chu recognised the importance of education. As Asia opened up to Western influences, the need to preserve cultural roots became imperative. This sharp awareness laid the foundation of his children becoming bilingual, masters of both English and Chinese languages. In time, they too, left their mark in the Chinese cultural scene.
Mr Chou Sing Chu’s push for education did not stop within his home – he published school textbooks, and assessment and reading materials for students. This was during a time when Chinese books were in short supply, and his educational books were distributed regionally, greatly promoting the Chinese culture and ensuring that students would always have sufficient Chinese reading materials for their studies.
The Lasting Legacy
In his lifetime, Mr Chou Sing Chu shared his love for books and culture with Southeast Asia. His passion and dedication in promoting Chinese culture and language inspired people beyond his family. In honour of his legacy, the Foundation was named after him.
Chou Sing Chu Foundation seeks to follow the footsteps of Mr Chou Sing Chu to promote Chinese culture and language to the masses in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Mr Chou Cheng Ngok is POPULAR’s Group CEO. Under his able leadership, POPULAR has grown from a traditional Chinese book publisher, retailer and distributor into an established brand and an integrated education enterprise, with operations in Malaysia, Singapore, Greater China, Canada and United Kingdom. POPULAR has been a public listed company in The Singapore Exchange since 1997, and in 2015, it was privatised.
The publishing veteran is also often known as Mr Popular. Having spent half a century in the industry, his passion still burns strong and is evident in the 12-hour workdays that he has put in for the last 60 years. Mr Chou pushed POPULAR to grow successfully after taking over the reins of management in the early 1980s.
A man of action, Mr Chou believes in logic and incisiveness. Some may say that the book business is a sunset business, but Mr Chou still holds big dreams for POPULAR—that it will grow with the advancement of learning and education. Mr Chou grew up in the environment of Chinese bookstores and he saw the important contributions these bookstores had made to the education of generations. Today, he feels that it is his turn to give back to the society. With that desire, Mr Chou set up Chou Sing Chu Foundation in 2004 with a mission to promote Chinese culture, education and language. He hopes that his efforts, no matter how small, will enable future generations to reap all the benefits that this rich culture has to offer.