The book launch for 冲出云围的朝阳 was successfully held on 28 November 2009 at the National Library Board.
We were honoured to have a distinguished lineup of moderator and panelists for the panel discussion:
Moderator: Mr Lin Xingdao (Singapore media veteran)
Panelist: Dr Ong Yong Peng (academic)
Panelist: Mr Chen Keng Juan (former principal of Pei Chun Public School)
Panelist: Mr Tan Kok Siew (author)
A common theme from the panellists as well as audience members was the educational value of 冲出云围的朝阳, from a range of perspectives: educating a new generation of Singaporeans about our heritage; inspiring young Singaporeans through sharing how our ancestors overcame great difficulties through determination and perseverance; and using the book as a means of teaching Chinese in schools.
The turnout was great; in fact, bettet than expected, so we had to scramble to find another hundred or so chairs, and even then, many had to stand.
Here are photos from the launch.