GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Twelve

- 48 - CHAPTER TWELVE Something important took place when I was seven: the family made, with the formal approval of the Malayan government, a visible documentation of my existence. Mother, sister and I had a photograph taken for our citizenship papers. Also, a separate picture of myself, black and white, head slightly tilted, a … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Twelve

GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Nine

- 34 - CHAPTER NINE I encountered another Chinese tradition related to brother’s wedding. And that was the overt display, especially at the main entrance to the house, of the Chinese character luck, turned upside down, confusing to a kid like me, just learning to read and write Chinese. I thought somebody might have committed … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Nine

GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Eight

- 29 - CHAPTER EIGHT Born and raised in a traditional Chinese family, we grew up to accept that filial piety meant total submission to higher authorities, your parents; their words and decisions absolute, non-negotiable, indisputable, like a command from the emperor. And our parents, in their eternal wisdom, chose the mate for you for … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Eight

GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Seven

- 25 - CHAPTER SEVEN The family was trying to recuperate from the devastation of the war. Our resources depleted. Financially ruined. Forget any access to a medical doctor. Or western medicine. I was a little kid. It happened after the Japanese exodus from Malaya. Family members sensed something wasn’t right with me. “You are … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Seven