Chu Chee Chuan

(b. 1927 – d. 2020)

Chu Chee Chuan was also known at Ziyang, Shuwen and Xianshi. A native of Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, he moved to Ipoh, Malaya to seek asylum and meet his father in 1938. After completing his Cambridge diploma programme in 1949, he served as the head of news correspondents in Nanyang Siang Pau Perak branch. In 1962, he went to the Kuala Lumpur branch and worked as an editor. In 1964, he worked as a supervisor for the Chinese News department in Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM). He then returned to Nanyang Siang Pau, which was a Malaysian independent newspaper, serving as a columnist for the “Chu Chee Chuan column”. He subsequently served as the editor-in-chief and editor advisor in the same newspaper before his retirement in 1985.  

Since 1970, Chu Chee Chuan had served seven terms for the president of the Malaysian Newspaper Symposium. He was also the first president of the Malaysia Chinese Newspaper Editor Association, the president of the Malaysian News Association from 1978 to 1979, the president of the Calligraphy Society of Malaysia, the executive committee of the National Press Club Malaysia, and the committee of the ASEAN Committee on Mass Media. His publications (in Chinese) including Multiracial Politics and Others, A look at Fifty Years of Chinese Newspapers – A Realistic Report on Malaysian Chinese Newspapers. In 1985, he received The Second Datuk Wong Kee Tat Journalism Awards for service and contribution.

The above article is translated from the “Pioneering Calligraphy Exhibition by First Generation Chinese Artists” Catalogue. 

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