Wang Yi Jian
(b. 1907 - d. 2003)
Wang Yi Jian, initially named Wang Chun Shu, was one of Malaysia’s senior educators. He was a native of Guigen Village, Zhongyuan Town, Qionghai County, China. He dropped out from education college at the Great China University, Shanghai. He subsequently obtained his honorary degree in literature at Shanghai Chi Zhi University (Now Shanghai International Studies University) in 1932. He dedicated his life to education and had taught at Lehui County Normal School. When the Japanese military invaded Qionghai in 1939, he was forced to take refuge overseas. Wang Yi Jian first became the head of discipline at Yuying Secondary School in Singapore and later the head of curriculum at Huang Hun Secondary School in Penang. He also became the school principal at Aik Hua Primary School and Chan Wa High School in Seremban. He then migrated to Melaka and became the head of discipline and later head teacher at Pay Fong Middle School until his retirement. Wang Yi Jian was good at writing the running script, as well as writing essays and poems. He is a renowned Melaka calligrapher.
The above article is translated from the “Pioneering Calligraphy Exhibition by First Generation Chinese Artists” Catalogue.
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