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Year 2012/2013

Project Consultancy

Top Honours for Clan of the Year 2013 and 2015 awarded by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations

Supported by:

National Heritage Board,

National Archives of Singapore

Academic Advisors: 

Prof Yen Ching-Hwang,

Prof Wong Sin Kiong

Chinese culture originated in China, it is also seen as ethnic civilisation. Culture is the variability of these unique local traditions which derived from clan associations, dialect/ kinship organizations and temples from one place to another. Culture evolves and often been oblivious apparently when early migrants settling down and adapting into new nation building process. Clan associations have rooms for new progress as government's attitude changed in facing globalisation challenges.


Chinese clan associations possess intangible and tangible resources, from rich wisdom and culture, architectural heritage and art, social networks and connections. There are ways in developing a strong sense of national identity for new nations in Southeast Asia, on this basis, by allowing the various ethnic groups to retain their own cultural identity. The questions of how majority ethnic Chinese in Singapore for instance, deepening their own culture and the possibility of having clan associations to play a more active role, is worth exploring.


  • 1966   Formation of Gan Clan Singapore

  • 2013   Launch of Gan Heritage Centre

                  Clan of the Year 

  • 2015   Clan of the Year

                  Inception to Museum Roundtable, National Heritage Board

  • 2021   Inception to International Council of Museums, UNESCO



In transition to MODERNISATION and ADAPTATION                                                          


Heritage is meaningful to society and, on the other, gaining society’s support is significantly beneficial to ongoing use and protection.

Galla: 2012




What constitutes satisfactory ‘community engagement’ for clan associations?                 

Community identities are expressed through the range of activities and service provision offered at cultural heritage tourist destinations that are intended to take advantage of the economic, social and cultural benefits of tourism.

ICOMOS 2014, Jokilehto: 2017/18


  • ECONOMIC    clan house and heritage centre for insiders and outsiders

  • SOCIAL            welfare oriented, voluntary basis in continuing the legacy

  • CULTURAL       people-centred approach for spatial design and planning

How is it possible to better understand the role of communities in capacity building?    

Primary stakeholders being central to decision-making, not just being placed in a secondary role.

Wijesuriya, Thompson and Court: 2017/38

The community includes many different stakeholders: building owners and administrators, as well as specialised conservationists in different fields and many others. To work with communities does not mean forgetting professional knowledge. Heritage is heritage when recognised as such; taking care of heritage requires knowledge. Learning is the scope of capacity building.
Jokilehto: 2017/31-2

  • EXISTENTIAL               new clan members recruited, volunteers deployed, visitors hosted   

  • CONSTITUTIONAL     research projects embarked, heritage budget initiated,

                                             maintenance reserve allocated, new revenue created

  • FUNCTIONAL              mandating conservation consultants in project undertaking,

                                             introducing new heritage and education programmes


15,000 Visitors

100 Student Volunteers

50 Heritage Events

50 Media Coverages

30 Community Partners

30 Clan Associations

10 Heritage Consultants

Social impact is measured from few indicators by visitors hosted, volunteers deployed, new members recruited, research projects embarked, heritage budget initiated, new revenue created.


Learning Journey Programme

Preparing the next generation as Leader under Talent Development Scheme partnering with schools.



Jun 2012
Decided for a heritage centre, plan, conceptualisation, execution.

Jul 2013
Our first footprint in Singapore Heritage Festival 2013.
33 visitors, 5 volunteers.

Sep 2013
The official opening of Gan Heritage Centre by Minister Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health.
110 invited guests.


Mar 2014
Reimbursement of project grant by National Heritage Board.
45% grant reimbursement based on 3300 visitorship.

Apr 2014
Clan of the Year Award. Top 5 winners of the award.

Jun 2014
Second year in Singapore Heritage Festival 2014.
144 visitors, 28 volunteers.


Jan 2015

Listed on Ministry of Education as National Education Learning Journey spot.
Target a school a month.

Mar 2015
A member of Museum Roundtable under National Heritage Board.

Apr 2015
Third year in Singapore Heritage Festival 2015.
Target 350 visitors, 56 volunteers from 7 schools.

Jun 2015
Co-organised with National Art Council on 1st Singapore Poetry Festival
2 weeks exhibition by writers, poets, artists, photographers.

Aug 2015
Eleven selected participating organizations in Istana Art 2015 organised by Singapore Art Museum (SAM) on 2 Aug 2015, hosted the visit by President Dr Tony Tan, Minister Sam Tan, NHB CEO and top management to Gan Heritage Centre booth for a calligraphy demonstration.
Attracted 1,100 visitors, including 5 performers, 25 teachers and student volunteers from the Clan and Gan Eng Seng School.​


Apr 2016
Clan of the Year Award. Top 5 winners of the award.

Apr/ May 2016
Forth year in Singapore Heritage Festival 2016
Bt Pasoh Road Street Festival officiated by Member of Parliament  Baey Yam Keng.

May 2016

Partnering with National Heritage Board (NHB) on Children’s Season.


Jul 2016

Partnering with Committee for Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL) and Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA) to launch cultural learning journey for students from 5 schools.

Aug 2016

Partnering with Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) to launch cultural learning journey for elderly.


Oct 2016

Partnering with Google by listing Gan Heritage Centre on Google Cultural Institute platform with street view feature, contract signed in Jun 2015 and media launch on 22 Oct 2016 leverages the platform to its latest exhibit updates online.

Dec 2016

Nominated by National Heritage Board (NHB)/ Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) as Tote Board and Singapore Turf Club’s grant recipient in President’s Charity Cup 2016.

Opening of Gan Heritage Centre


Appointed as Curator and Project Consultant in Gan Clan Singapore’s transformation plan including strategic planning and standard operating system for the clan association as well as spearheaded the setting up of Gan Heritage Centre with grant funding from National Heritage Board and renovation investment. It is now a member of Museum Roundtable under National Heritage Board since 2015.

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