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Lianhe Zaobao celebrates 90th anniversary with comics exhibition

Singapore, 25 July 2013 --- In conjunction with Lianhe Zaobao's 90th anniversary celebrations this year, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings will be organising “A Collection of Our Shared Memories”, an exhibition on comics published in the Chinese daily over the years.

The free exhibition, which is jointly organised by the National Library Board's Singapore Memory Project, will be held from August to November. It will travel to different venues starting with National Library in August, Library@Chinatown in September, Woodlands Regional Library in October and SPH News Centre at Toa Payoh North in November. This is also the first time a local exhibition is organised to showcase works by local comic artists dating back nearly nine decades.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Ms Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education on 12 August at the National Library Building, Promenade, Level 9. 

Every newspaper comic strip tells a story, reflects the socio-political situation of that time and also documents the happenings of everyday life. The exhibition revolves around the theme of basic necessities in our daily lives such as food, clothing, housing and transportation. Comic works by different generations of Singapore artists will give us a peek into the daily lives of people over the years. 

The exhibition showcases newspaper comics published in Lianhe Zaobao from 1929 to 2013. For the past decades, newspaper comics have served as an important tool of documenting historical changes. This is especially true in the early years when literacy rate was low. Newspaper comics were one of the most effective ways of conveying messages to the common people. It was common for comic artists to use their works to reflect current events, and in doing so, comment on problems and issues in the society. During the Japanese Occupation, some comic artists even lost their lives because their work documented political and social issues. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, the public can also take part in other fringe activities such as talks and children comics drawing contest. A talk on historical and social aspects of Singapore comics will be held on 23 August at the National Library Building, Briefing Room, Level 1, from 6.30pm to 8pm. Speaking at the talk is comics researcher Mr Lim Cheng Tju, who is also the Vice-Principal of Temasek Junior College. The talk, conducted in English, is free admission.

Ms Lee Huay Leng, Deputy Editor of Lianhe Zaobao cum Vice President of Cultural Industry Promotion, Chinese Newspapers, said: "From the past till present, comics have always been an integral element of our newspapers, as well as an important part of our collective memories. We hope that through this exhibition, the public will be able to see how comics have helped to document the past in a creative manner, to glimpse the wittiness of their creators, and the amount of creative freedom they were given."

Mr Gene Tan, Director, National Library Singapore, said: “The Singapore Memory Project is delighted to collaborate with Lianhe Zaobao on this exhibition. Using comics to showcase memories is a unique way to share with the public about life in Singapore. We hope that through this art form, it will inspire visitors to contribute their stories to the project.” 


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For more information, please contact:


Ms Maureen Ho Shueh Fern
News Editor cum Special Projects Editor
Zaobao Sunday
Chinese Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1891
Email: 
hosf@sph.com.sg

Mr Teo Chin Puay
Executive Artist
Lianhe Zaobao
Chinese Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1525
Email: 
teocp@sph.com.sg

Mr Francis Mah
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
Email: 
mahys@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 
In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, 
omy.sg and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

Broadcasting
In the radio business, SPH has a 92.9% per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPH MediaBoxOffice.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg