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Reviving Qixi: Singapore’s Forgotten Seven Sisters Festival


Authors 作者:

Lynn Wong Yuqing | 黄鈺清

Lee Kok Leong | 李国樑

Hardcover | 210 mm x 297 mm | 236 full-colour pages | SGD77

by Renforest Publishing (an imprint of Bridging Generations Pte Ltd)

This is the first comprehensive bilingual book about the Qixi Festival in Singapore. Besides looking into ancient Chinese texts to trace the origins and developments of the festival, it examines the customs brought over by early Chinese women migrants to Singapore since the mid-19th century. This book honours our foremothers, such as the Majies, Samsui women, female factory workers, as well as women in clan associations and individual households, for whom the festival was an important part of their social lives. It also investigates how the festival went from heyday to mayday in Singapore, juxtaposed with the festival’s trajectories in other countries. Drawing from ethnographic research and oral history interviews with diverse stakeholders, it further synthesises views from the community on how the Qixi Festival, once a significant part of our collective heritage, can be revived.

《七夕节:新加坡曾经拥有的神话与现实》是第一本关于新加 坡七夕节的综合性双语书籍。本书通过中国古代文献追溯七夕节的起 源和发展,进一步研究自19世纪中叶以来,早期中国妇女移民带入 新加坡的习俗,以及直到21世纪的本地节日与其他国家节日的发展 轨迹。本书向我们的女性先民致敬,包括妈姐、三水女工、工厂女 工,以及会馆女会员和家庭妇女,对她们来说,节日是社交活动, 也是不可或缺的生活日常。本书综合与不同社区利益相关者的第一 手口述历史访谈内容,探讨如何保留我们丰富的文化遗产与集体记 忆,以及重塑七夕节的渠道。

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The Authors

Lynn Wong Yuqing

Lynn Wong is on a mission to uncover, document, and revive Singapore’s disappearing foods, festivals, and heritage. Her research focuses on the Chinese diaspora and their involvement in historical places of worship, clan associations, as well as everyday customs. Her accolades include being Singaporean of the Year 2021 finalist, and special prize winner of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Youth Intangible Cultural Heritage Storytelling Contest 2019.

Lee Kok Leong

Lee Kok Leong is an author of multiple books on Singapore heritage. His publication《大眼鸡·越洋人》 (2017), supported by the National Heritage Board, was selected as one of the best books by 联合早报 and the Singapore Book Council. His publication《广东妈姐》 (2015), supported by Guangdong Shunde government, was also selected as one of the best books by the Singapore Book Council.

As featured in

  • 陈宇昕,“中英文《七夕节》梳理本地七夕节兴衰史,联合早报, 2023年 1 月 2 日.

  • Chin Soo Fang, “Authors hope book launch will help revive forgotten Qixi Festival”, The Straits Times, 16 October 2022.

  • 陈爱薇,“重新关注被淡忘节日:广东帮会馆办活动延续七夕 ‘巧’ 意”,联合早报, 2022年 8 月 1 日.

  • 灵芝《方言不仿古》访问文史工作者黄鈺清关于七夕节,CAPITAL 958 城市频道, 2022年 8 月 2 日.

  • Chin Soo Fang, “Push to revive Qixi Festival, once ‘grander than CNY’”, The Straits Times, 31 July 2022.

  • Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Lynn Wong as speaker for public talk on “Nian Hua Beyond Chinese New Year: Singapore’s Forgotten Qixi Festival and How Youths Can Help Revive It”, 13 February 2022.

  • UNESCO-ICHCAP 2022 Youth Forum, Lynn Wong as speaker representing Singapore on the topic of "Youth Activists' Efforts to Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage", 22 September 2022.

  • Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Lee Kok Leong as speaker for public talk on “The Qixi Festival: A Forgotten Love Story (只羡鸳鸯不羡仙——本地从前的七姐诞)”, 4 September 2022.

  • River Hongbao 2022 Special Exhibition “Nian Hua: Changing Times, Unchanging Aspirations”.

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One of the things I appreciate about the book is the plurality of meanings about the festival – how it is practiced, how it has evolved and the people who are involved. The book is a great illustration of what it means to “give a future to our past”.

- Dr Natalie Pang, Exco Member of Singapore Heritage Society

It's not just academic research but history brought alive with lots of details, personal stories and importantly too, siting it back into present time.


The book captures a forgotten part of our history and throws the light on the lives and aspirations of the first migrant women who came to Singapore. It begets other questions like, what other traditions and practices have been forgotten. I am grateful for passionate researchers like Lynn and Kok Leong who have given so much of themselves and time to uncover and recover a precious slice of our history.

- Tina Sim, Author of Once Upon A Singapore...Traders


- Sandra, 读者

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