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Light on the Lotus Hill

"Light on the Lotus Hill" is a research project by Chan CW to document a chapter of the almost forgotten history of Singapore and World War Two.

Background of Light on the Lotus Hill

After 5 years of research in Singapore, China, Malaysia, and UK, the book was published on 28 May 2009.

It documents the life of a Buddhist monk, Venerable Pu Liang, who supported China Relief Fund's fund raising activities in Nanyang, today's South East Asia.

The Venerable also offered temple grounds for the training of Nanyang Volunteers who later drove on the Burma Road.

After the fall of Singapore, the Venerable was executed by the Japanese during the Chinese massacre. During the research, a British POW's daughter helped provided vital evidence as her father, a British POW at Changi, witnessed the execution.

This research offers an alternative understand of World War Two and how Nanyang Chinese occupied multiple spaces of wars in China and Colonial Singapore.

These parallel worlds collapse into one dark reality as the Japanese invaded Singapore converging Sino Japanese War with World War Two.

Library collection

Since its publication, "Light on the Lotus Hill" has entered the collection of prominent University and public libraries around the world.

Light on the Lotus documentary awards

Awards of Merit, Best New Comer
World Film Awards, 2014
iwm Third prize,
Annie Dodds Award for the Best Documentary, Imperial War Museum (IWM) Film Festival 2011
   

Light on the Lotus screening

Coming screenings:

June 2014: World Film Awards, Indonesia
May 2014: The American Online Film Awards

Previous screenings:

July 2013: All Things Bukit Brown, Singapore
Mar 2013: Friends of the Museum, Singapore
Nov 2012: Royal Anthropological Institute, London, UK
Dec 2011: Imperial War Museum, London, UK
Dec 2011: Singapore premier to audience of 1000

The author, Chan Chow Wah, can be contacted at:
ccw@alumni.lse.ac.uk

venerable pu liang
Venerable Pu Liang
light on the lotus hill
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Burma Road, 滇缅公路
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Nanyang Volunteers in service

Imperial War Museum, London
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Ee Hoe Hean Club 怡和轩俱乐部
HQ of China Relief Fund
shuang lin monastery
Shuang Lin Monastery circa 1905
sook ching beach
Changi beach one of the Sook Ching execution site

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