Thank you for visiting this page. It covers past and upcoming events, e.g. book talks, lectures, and seminars.

Upcoming/Planned Events

I am planning a talk in Mandarin with Genealogy Society Singapore, supported by World Scientific, in December 2020 on “Searching for One’s Roots”. Details for this talk will follow soon. Thank you for your kind patience!

[Upcoming Talk] Kopi Talk: Literary Pioneers of Aukang on 6 December 2020, 3pm

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Please stay tuned for more news and updates. Thank you very much for your kind support!

Exciting Past and Current Events

I spent a delightful afternoon on 14 November 2020 (Saturday) with around 70 volunteers from The Peranakan Museum. I am grateful to the museum volunteers for giving me the opportunity to share about Seah family history and Seah Liang Seah’s prominent Peranakan contemporaries, and my personal journey in documenting my family history. The 71 people who attended the Zoom talk found it meaningful and asked many questions on Peranakan identity.

This event brought back fond personal memories of my very first time speaking at The Peranakan Museum (in Ixora Room) back in August 2017. It was also my first public talk on local history. And many museum volunteers and docents attended my first talk, and encouraged me.

In a sense, a journey of a thousand miles does start from a single step. I will always remember the generous support from many kind people who helped start me on this public speaking journey. Thank you!

A photograph of Ixora Room at the museum back in August 2017, pre-COVID and pre-renovation times

Bicultural Studies Programme with Hwa Chong Institution (7 November 2020)

On 7 November 2020 (Saturday), I spoke with Hwa Chong Institution students about Singapore pioneers Seah Eu Chin and Seah Liang Seah in the morning from 9am to 10.30am. A total of 25 students and teachers attended the talk.

Profits, Power, and Parties: Stories of the Original Crazy Rich Asians (23 October 2020)

On Friday, 23 October 2020 at 7pm I talked about “Profits, Power, and Parties: Stories of the Original Crazy Rich Asians” in a joint Friends of the Museum – Asian Civilisations Museum (FOM-ACM) event.

A friend of mine sent me pictures of me speaking during the Zoom talk. Unfortunately for me, this is the best one!

I would like to thank the over 100 participants who kindly took the time to attend this evening’s Zoom talk, where I spoke on the “Original Crazy Rich Asians”, Seah Eu Chin and Seah Liang Seah.

I would like to thank Friends of the Museums Singapore and the Asian Civilisations Museum for inviting me, and coordinating this successful Zoom talk. This would not have been possible without you.

Kopi Talk: Aukang and Montfort, Its Historic Education Hub (19 September 2020)

“Kopi Talk: Aukang and Montfort, Its Historic Education Hub”, jointly organised by World Scientific and Montfort Alumni on 19 September 2020

On 19 September 2020, I launched my new book, My Father’s Kampung: A History of Aukang and Punggol at 3pm. This e-launch was kindly co-organised by World Scientific and Montfort Alumni and conducted over Zoom. I was privileged to have to guest speakers, Ng Kok Song and Brother Dominic Yeo-Koh, prominent Montfort alumni and former residents of Aukang. The sharing focused on Montfort, the Church of the Nativity, and Kangkar (a fishing village in Aukang), as well as the kampung spirit, and attracted slightly over a hundred people.

I would like to thank everyone who took the time out of their afternoon to attend my first Zoom sharing session (and first Facebook live session). And thank you to Ng Kok Song and Brother Dominic Yeo-Koh for the meaningful sharing.

Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 – “Grandfather Stories” by Shawn Seah

Seah Peck Seah’s image is featured in this article on Seah family history, along with other images, including photos from the Singapore Seah Clan Association

2020 marks 70 years of the founding of the Singapore Seah Clan Association. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a range of planned celebratory cultural and food activities, including my talk on Seah family history, had been cancelled.

Luckily, the National Heritage Board organised the first digital Singapore Heritage Festival. The Singapore Seah Clan Association and I are delighted to be a small, little part of this inaugural digital festival.

In a photoessay entitled “Grandfather Stories”, I reflect on… the importance of local “grandfather stories”. You can read “Grandfather Stories” here. Thank you for reading, and your support.

Sharing Stories with Volunteers on 17 January 2020

Friends of the Museum (FOM) invited me to give a talk to their volunteers at URA Centre, near Peck Seah Street. I shared several stories of Chinese pioneers in Singapore—Seah Eu Chin, Seah Liang Seah, and their contemporaries such as Sir Song Ong Siang and Tan Jiak Kim, the grandson of Peranakan philanthropist Tan Kim Seng.

Speaking to hardworking and dedicated museum volunteers at URA Centre

Dedicated museum volunteers are unsung heroes who devote their time and effort to promote history and heritage in Singapore. Thank you.

To get a glimpse into events held in 2017, 2018, and 2019, please visit this Events page instead ( or A Big Thank You ( As always, thank you for your kind support.

Shawn Seah