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东安会馆是新加坡历史悠久的华人宗乡社团之一,从创会至今已有130多年的历史。它创立于1870年,是祖籍广东东莞、宝安两地移民的地缘组织。从创会迄今,伴随着新加坡从殖民地时代到独立建国的社会变迁与发展。

东安会馆的创会宗旨是:照顾初到南洋同乡的工作与生活,承担殖民政府没有承担的部分社会功能。根据“情系东安五十载”的会馆受托人刘波德先生的回忆,二战前的会馆会员,多数是生活在牛车水的一群劳动妇女,从事女佣、建筑、剪树胶片(树榕妹)及小贩等工作,生活清贫而节俭。他们每年缴交会捐大约三到五元钱。经过几代人的努力,如今东安会馆会员们的足迹也遍布了新加坡的各行各业,如电子、机械、化工、制药、食品、房地产和金融等。

二战结束后,由于新加坡人口激增,东安会馆会员一度增至3000余人,会馆会务也蓬勃发展。东安会馆在1923年曾在会所设立华文东安义校,让东莞、宝安两地移民子弟在此接受免费教育。日踞时期该校停办。1946年,东安义校复办。到了1964年底,东安义校又因学员锐减和经费不足而再度停办。

东安会馆一向重视社会慈善事业。会馆从1972年开始颁发会员子弟学业奖励金和年老会员贺岁金。前者是为了发扬华人社会重视教学的传统,奖励品学兼优的学子。后者则是体现对年老一辈的关爱之心。

为保留和传承中华民族优秀文化,东安会馆在四十年代成立粤剧团。它不仅为同乡起了慰籍乡愁和消遣的作用,也在会馆庆典活动时表演。后来,粤剧团更积极投入参与社会慈善组织义演和筹募款项等活动。

为了促进新加坡的社会发展及新加坡与世界各地经贸、文化交流,东安会馆也和世界同乡保持紧密的联系。成为东安会馆的会员,除了能够分享彼此间的归属感,还能享受会馆设施和参与会馆活动。

Tung On Wui Kun is a renowned Chinese association in Singapore with a history of 130 years. It was founded in 1876 by the Chinese immigrants from Dong Guan and Bao An (Guangdong, China). From the past to the present, Tung On Wui Kun accompanied Singapore in witnessing its changes and development from being a British colony to gaining independence in 1965 as well as its struggle to become a prosperous country.

The mission of Tung On Wui Kun was to look after the social welfare of the Chinese Immigrants in the early years and to shoulder the social responsibility which the British Colonial Government had somehow neglected. Members of Yung On Wui Kun were mostly labored women in Chinatown. These women worked as maids, construction workers, latex collectors or hawkers. Although they led a frugal and thrifty life, they managed to donate about three to five dollars to the association per year. After generations of hard work, the present members on Tung On Wui Kun are engaged in various occupations in different industries such as electronics, manufacturing, chemical, food and beverages, properties and finance.

After the Second World War, the number of Tung On Wui Kun?s members increased to about 3000 due to the rapid increase in the population of Singapore. As a result Tung On Wui Kun flourished. In 1923, Tung On Wui Kun set up Tung On Chinese Free School, known as Tung An Yi Xiao (????). Its purpose was to enable the immigrants from Dong Guan and Bao An to receive free education. The school closed down at the end of 1946 due to the lack of pupils and funding for the school.

Tung On Wui Kun has always been a keen party in charity works. From 1972 onwards, the clan association has been distributing bursaries to the children of its members and red packets to the senior members. The clan association promotes the importance of education by distributing bursaries to outstanding students with excellent academic results. It also shows its concern and respect to the senior members by presenting them with red packets.

In order to preserve Chinese tradition and culture, Tung On Wui Kun established the Cantonese Opera Troupe in 1940s. it functioned as a recreational centre for the members to relieve them of their homesickness. Besides that, it also staged performances during various celebrations. At a later stage, Cantonese Opera Troupe becomes more involved in charity performances and fundraising.

Tung On Wui Kun seeks to establish close relationships with all the fellow countrymen in the world to enhance Singapore?s development as well as to promote trade and cultural exchanges. Being members of Tung On Wui Kun, they share a strong sense of pride and identify together and benefit immensely from its membership services, facilities and activities.