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Yap Koon Chan or better known as LuoMing in the Chinese literature circle is an educator, an Chinese Literature scholar, and an Overseas Chinese Literature advocate. LuoMing graduated from the Singapore Nanyang University in 1959 in Chinese Language and Literature. LuoMing was awarded the distinguished alumni recognition by the Singapore Nanyang Technological University in 2012.
He started his career as a teacher, and later as the provost of Chung Cheng High School Main campus in the 60s and as principal of Catholic High School in the 70s to 80s. Catholic High School, though as a Chinese medium school, adopted a bilingual education that was the front-runner to the present day bilingual education in Singapore. Under his leadership, the school excelled academically and nurtured many successful scholars and professionals.
He also founded the Teachers’ Association. For 22 years, he served and contributed to the Teachers’ Association. Then, he represented Singapore and the Teachers’ Association participated in several international conferences, and interacted with global educators. His published works during this period included “Nanyang Education” (editor), “Singapore Youths” (editor), and “Chinese Education Literature Series” (editor and publisher), etc..
As a cultural and literature enthusiast and educator, LuoMing is passionate about the development and continuation of Chinese literature in Singapore. Since graduation, he has devoted enormous time and energy to promote, to teach, to nurture the work of Chinese literature in Singapore.
LuoMing founded the “Singapore Literary Association” in 1980, and served as President until 2013. He was the editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine “Singapore Literature”, the monthly “Art & Literature Journal”. The organization’s mission was to promote Chinese language awareness with a goal to publish 10 books yearly. In 2012, LuoMing conceptualized and initiated the “Singapore Chinese Literature Museum” – a collection of published works in Singapore and a research center for Southeast Chinese literature. The Museum is accessible to scholars globally who are interested in studying and researching the work of Singapore and Southeast Asia Chinese literature.
In order to better promote and liaise with Chinese literature organizations and writers in Southeast Asian countries, LuoMing initiated the establishment of the ASEAN literature network. In 1988, he was elected as the secretary-general of the “ASEAN Chinese Literature Camp”, and held that position until 2014. Every country takes turns to host the writers from the other ASEAN nations each year for a series of meetings to exchange views and works. LuoMing continued to promote overseas Chinese literature beyond Singapore and Southeast Asia. He traveled to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, as well as attending literature seminars in other countries in the beat to broaden the awareness of Overseas Chinese Literature from Singapore and Southeast Asia.
LuoMing was commemorated the ‘Public Service Star’ (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat) issued by the Singapore government on the National Day in 2014. It is the-second-highest award awarded by the Singapore government to its citizens in recognition of the contribution the individual done for the country. This is to reward him for his work in promoting Chinese literature in Singapore and the region for 40 years.
Over the past 40 years, LuoMing has worked ceaselessly to promote local literary works and cultivate students’ interest in literature and culture.
In 2011, LuoMing was presented with the “Nanyang Chinese Literature Award” by the Confucius Institute in Singapore. The year after, he was recognized with the highest “Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award” from Nanyang Technological University. In 2014, he was honored with the “ASEAN Literature Award” by the ASEAN Chinese Literature Camp.