Dec 12, 2016
Chou Sing Chu Foundation
– Step into the Si He Yuan and be immersed in the everyday and the remarkable aspects of Chinese words
Chou Sing Chu Foundation, a non-profit cultural organisation in Singapore, will be organising a bilingual cultural exhibition, “At Home with Words”, at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2 – 11 December 2016.
As the cultural hub of Southeast Asia, Chinese words can be seen everywhere in Singapore – be it on the streets, in shops, or in religious and educational institutions. These symbols of Chinese culture and language represent the passion and memories of our forebears. By understanding them through the everyday necessities of clothing, food, shelter, and mobility, we come to a better grasp of our linguistic culture. The “At Home with Words” exhibition contemplates Chinese culture starting from the words from our everyday life; the public is invited to embark on this journey into the wonderful world of the Chinese culture and words.
The exhibition site’s design is based on the grand architectural style of a Si He Yuan (四合院), and it houses both “The Everyday” and “The Remarkable” sections to highlight the complex yet versatile characteristics of the Chinese words. Also known as the courtyard house, the Si He Yuan is a traditional residential architecture with thousands of years of history. Singapore once had several magnificent examples which were mainly built in the Minnan architectural style. To ensure a realistic representation, Chou Sing Chu Foundation consulted extensively with an expert on the Si He Yuan – Professor Heng Chye Kiang of the National University of Singapore’s Department of Architecture in the School of Design and Environment.
The “At Home with Words” exhibition is divided into three major sections: The Everyday, The Remarkable, and The Rhyme of the Ink.
The Everyday – Words in Our Daily Life
Have you ever paid close attention to the Chinese words that are everywhere in our daily lives? Have you ever wondered about the cultural significance behind popular Chinese idioms like “We wish you wealth and success!”, “Joys and sorrows of life”, and “Food is of the utmost importance to the people”? Through the four necessities in everyday life of clothing, food, shelter, and mobility, “The Everyday” lets you discover the delightful qualities of Chinese words and the significance of Chinese culture.
The Remarkable – Out-of-the-Ordinary Words
Living in this digital age, have you ever given thought to the difficult process of traditional typesetting in producing pages of printed words? “The Remarkable” brings the traditional letterpress back into the limelight, letting the visitors immerse themselves in the experience of transferring the words from the lead types to the paper and print their own well-wishes for their loved ones. In addition, there will be a live demonstration of the art of seal-carving and an introduction to the contemporary art of the typeface design.
“At Home with Words”
– Bilingual Exhibition of Chinese Words, Culture and Life