Shedding light on life and legacy of Peranakan pioneer Tan Kim Seng

New book details story of philanthropist and his descendants who supported education here

Above: First-time author Vivienne Tan at the Tan Kim Seng Fountain with her book on her husband's ancestor.
First-time author Vivienne Tan at the Tan Kim Seng Fountain with her book on her husband's ancestor.ST PHOTO: COURTESY OF VIVIENNE TAN
Left: The National University of Singapore renamed a college after descendants of Tam Kim Seng - Alice and Peter Tan - in 2013.
The National University of Singapore renamed a college after descendants of Tam Kim Seng - Alice and Peter Tan - in 2013.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

When the National University of Singapore (NUS) renamed the Angsana residential college in University Town the College of Alice and Peter Tan in 2013, it raised eyebrows over whether an entire college should be named after an "unknown" couple.

NUS declined to say much about the Tans or the sum they had donated even as the debate raged.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 10, 2019, with the headline 'Shedding light on life and legacy of Tan Kim Seng'. Subscribe