See, I told you I can be da#n too much ……

Pics of 4 different clan associations all located along one short street in Kuching.

For the benefit of those who don’t read Bahasa, “Persatuan” is “association”.

Well, you can say all you like about Sarawakian but you can’t say they have selected memory lost.

Many still remember their roots from the old country and these associations ,dilapidated or otherwise, are testament to that.

Hey some roots are older and are showing signs to that effect that’s all   🙂

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Lung or cung ?

May 25, 2009

I know, I know I can be too much sometimes … actually most of the times according to some colleagues here..

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But here are some more pics taken at another temple in Kuching, in this case, founded by Teochew communities replanted from mainland into Sarawak. 

Still, “Ming” reminders are easily seen and there’s even a side altar for the founder of a qigong sect, deified.

So once again, for those of you dismissing “Fan Qin Fu Ming” as fantasy, I just want to say:- 

“Welcome to the Chinese world”……. 

A world in which roots are remembered, elders are valued, protocols duly observed and history not simply forgotten. 

And for Chinese reading this,  remember without your roots, you can never stand strong! 

Lung or cung, your choice !!!

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Foochow Association.

May 25, 2009

Because of the sizeable Fuzhou or Foochow population here in Sarawak, you’ll find a number of clan associations founded by the various groups of Fuzhou immigrants.

Furthermore, within the Fuzhou communities, there is different clustering like originating from the same village or sharing identical family names, the various associations simply reflect these divisions.

Yah, it’s difficult I know. To add to the complication, you also have sub-groups of Fuzhou.

Take “Ming Chiang” and “Putien” the 2 major sub-groups for instance; the spoken Fuzhou dialect by these 2 varies quite distinctively. 

Even “Whooping Crane” or “MingHe Quan”, long associated with Fuzhou, is done with highly unique method by each of them. 

So there was a time in the Singapore Fuzhou Association, the hub of Whooping Crane, a line was drawn between the 2; this created a competitive atmosphere that could be problematic at times.

Me, I just love the colorful diversity and the unique approaches … to experience the same art expressed in 2 individual flavors really reveal the richness of the art. 

A richness that, after 30 years, is still being uncovered gradually with each passing day.

The pic below is taken at downtown Kuching, Foochow Association building, not far away from the earlier Hockien Association.

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