Girls, Gangsters and Gentlemen's Club
Alex Tan on the 3G’s of life in Singapore in the 1950s & 1960s
What was life like in Singapore when the Maria Hertogh riots of December 1950 broke out; when Mr Lee Kuan Yew became the Prime Minister in June 1959; and when the Beatles emerged as the leading pop group in 1964?
Alex Tan, the treasure trove of tales from bygone times, will bring us back in time, and indulge us with, among other things:
- the glitzy world of the gentlemen’s clubs at Club street: Singapore Chinese Weekly Entertainment Club, Goh Loo Club and Ee Ho Hean; and
- the social life of youths in the 50s and 60s – the dating scene, ferocious gangster scene, popular music and more.
About Alex Tan
Alex Tan Tiong Hee is the second son of Tan Yeok Seong a man with a deep interest in Nanyang or Overseas Chinese history and who in 1964 gave his entire book collection known as the Ya Yin Kwan Collection to the National Library for the purpose of (in his words) “reaching out to the minds of future generations of Singaporeans that they would know more about who they are and how they come to be where they are today”.
Alex graduated with a law degree in England and for a time was managing the legal and financial affairs of his family’s estate. He is also the Trustee of the Settlement of Dr Lim Boon Keng (1921) as well as the legal officer of the Trust Fund. Alex maintains that having reached almost seven decades of his life on this planet and hence a senior citizen (de jure and de facto), his one desire is to continue the tradition of “gossiping the past” thereby bringing back memories, and it was a tradition when as a silent listener he heard tales and accounts from his father and uncles and their friends who had shared amongst themselves their fortunes and misfortunes, as well as misadventures, during leisure hours in the days when there was no TV; no Karaoke; no Marina Bay Sands; no Facebook; no Miss Singapore contest; no Lady Gaga…a time when fathers were dominant and the woman’s place is in the kitchen!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
3:00pm to 5:00pm
51, Armenian Street
Tel: 6337 9319