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Overseas Chinese Museum

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SOH KIEN PENG wrote a review Jan 2019
Singapore, Singapore6,256 contributions3,299 helpful votes
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The success of the 1911 Chinese Revolution in overthrowing the Qing Dynasty is immensely attributed to the financial support and contributions of the Overseas Chinese towards the revolutionary movement. The industrious spirit and entrepreneurship of the Overseas Chinese contributed greatly to the share of the economic pie of the South East Asian countries. They controlled the main artery of the economic engine and continued to be the engine drivers and pillars in these economies. Deng's reforms owed much to the investment and closely knitted economic network of the Overseas Chinese. Xiamen University is built from the donations of the Overseas Chinese with most contributions from Tan Kah Kee, the renowned philanthropist and educationist at that time. Many Overseas Chinese also fought bravely against Japanese aggression during the Second World War. The Malayan Anti-Japanese Army was one formidable resistance against the Japanese. The guerilla force comprised mostly overseas Chinese guerillas that ambushed and attacked the Japanese military. The Japanese Imperialists hated the Overseas Chinese because of the tough resistance they put up and many were blindfolded and gunned to death, persecuted and tortured. China, the motherland, is like the roots of a tree while the scattered Overseas Chinese around the globe are like her leaves. The death of the roots affect the health of the leaves and the tree. The leaves absorb nutrients and antioxidants from the sun and contribute to the overall health of the roots and the tree. While many overseas Chinese have declared loyalty and allegiance to their new countries, many of them still shower great hope and monitor closely the development of the motherland. The current reforms in China and the modernization process continue to capitalize on the Overseas Chinese network to her advantage. The British colonialists harnessed the Chinese labor to open up forest, tin mines, rubber plantations in South East Asia. The cheap Chinese labor also contributed to the construction of the California Gold Rush and the construction of the American transcontinental railway. The Overseas Chinese people are a hardworking lot. They endured hardships and exploitation just hoping to make a decent living. They were not interested in local politics only hoping to earn enough money to bring home for their loved ones. I saw photos, artifacts and display items relating to life of the overseas Chinese which were very familiar to me. The life in Chinatown in Singapore and the tough life of the coolies beside Singapore River. The prosperity of Singapore today owes greatly to the pioneer generation of the Overseas Chinese from Fukien and Guangdong provinces. The museum is free and air-conditioned. I bumped into this museum while on my way walking towards the Nanputuo Temple from Zhongshan Pedestrian Walking Street. There are also artifacts and personal collections from Tan Kah Kee at the upper floor. You can combine the visit to the museum with the visits to the surrounding attractions: Botanical Gardens, the Xiamen University, the Hongshan Temple, Hongshan Park, Nanputuo Temple, the beach areas, etc.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Stephalopogous wrote a review Jul 2018
United States216 contributions16 helpful votes
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I really enjoyed this museum and its displays. Entrance is free! Many people of Chinese descent from around the world, especially in the US and the Philippines, can trace their ancestry back to Fujian Province. The exhibits document the experience of the Chinese diaspora through photos, artifacts and some walk-through displays. Other exhibits additionally highlighted many contributions overseas Chinese have made to both China and their adoptive nations. I appreciated how the exhibits didn’t hold back from describing negative aspects of early migrant life. Many forget that the Chinese helped build the USA's transcontinental Railroad and worked during California's gold rush.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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WWTraveller26 wrote a review Feb 2018
Singapore, Singapore1,267 contributions162 helpful votes
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If you have time for one Museum, this is the one. Though mostly in Chinese, there is enough in English for most people to appreciate it. Regardless of where in the world you are from, it is a great way to see how the Chinese have contributed. Some of the poems are beautifully translated from English. Strongly recommend it to anyone who has any interest in understand the Chinese diaspora.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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c devera wrote a review Jun 2016
San Andres, Philippines129 contributions68 helpful votes
Only 1 km from Xiamen University and Nanputuo Temple. Very educational. No entrance fees. Nice to go there on a hot or rainy day. I got an insight of people there struggled and lived in the e 1900s and also found out that Mr. Lucio Tan's (from the Philippines) name was in part of the exhibits.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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TekTeh wrote a review Jun 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia439 contributions63 helpful votes
Great place to learn about the live of early Chinese migrant workers to other parts of the world, especially South East Asia. The hardship they endure, the hardwork and created many successful entrepreneur and special culture developed from interaction and inter-marriage with locals. It also highlight their contribution to local society in their adopted land, to China and sacrifice made during the war. A great place for history lesson.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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