Friday, December 30, 2011

Yu Youren’s Calligraphy in Nanyang 于右任的墨宝在南洋

Yu Youren, a famous Chinese calligraphy who was Head of Control Yuan in Taiwan for more than 30 years and he died in office. He had never been to Nanyang and yet his calligraphic works can be found at a number of places there.

Read more about Yu's calligraphy here:

In the old Nanyang University campus, Yu’s calligraphic works can be found on the inscribed boards for Nanyang University, School of Arts Faculty, School of Science, and the Library of Business School. The authenticity of the calligraphy was confirmed by the famous Singaporean calligrapher Pan Shou and by a famous Taiwanese scholar Dong Zuobin who said that the calligraphic works were done in his presence. It was said that the calligraphic works were requested through a middle man Liu Houwqu, who worked for Yu as a councilor in the Control Yuan. Liu was also Yu’s in-law.

Liu was appointed the Principal of Chao Yang School in Singapore in 1949. During his stay in Singapore, a number of people had requested for Yu’s calligraphy through him. The calligraphy written for Nanyang University’s inscribed boards were requested through Liu as well.

The following inscribed boards also carry Yu’s calligraphy:
  1. Ngee Ann College (Currently Ngee Ann Polytechnic)
  2. Kwangtung Hui Kuan
  3. Ann Kway Association Polytheistic
  4. Ann Kway Building
  5. The Penang Philomathic Union
  6. Fa Hua Monastery (Upper Paya Lebar Road)
His calligraphy can also be found at the following places in Singapore

  1. Eng Choon Hway Kuan
  2. Chui Huay Lim Club






  1.  旧的义安学院
  2. 广东会馆
  3.  安溪会馆
  4. 安溪大厦
  5. 槟城阅书报
  6. 法华寺(巴耶利峇路上段)

  1. 永春会馆
  2. 醉花林俱乐部


Nanyang University
Nanyang University
Kwangtung Hui Kuan
Ann Kway Association
Ann Kway Building
The Couplet at the  Eng Choon Hway Kuan

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