Bukit Brown Revisited

Bukit Brown Cemetery

“With approximately 100,000 graves, Bukit Brown is the largest Chinese cemetery in the world outside China. According to Associate Professor of History at Columbia University New York, Adam McKeown, a world renowned expert on Chinese migration, "Over half of the 20 million migrants who left China from 1840 to 1940 passed through Singapore.  

Many of them chose to live and work in Singapore.  Singapore is thus a critical site in understanding all aspects of the history of the Chinese Diaspora. This, in turn, will help us to understand the important role of Singapore in the history of Asia over the last two hundred years. The graves at Bukit Brown are an important historical resource that can be found in few other parts of Asia, and in none that are so central as Singapore.” Excerpt from Tampines MP Baey Yam Keng’s speech during Budget Debate on Ministry of Information, Commnuications & The Arts.

Bukit Brown’s days might be numbered as it’s been earmarked for redevelopment starting as soon as this May. See the place before its lost forever. For all things Bukit Brown please visit: http://bukitbrown.com/main/or be a part of the movement to save Bukit Brown by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/sosbukitbrown

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