Thursday, February 22, 2018

Grandma Lee and her foster family

Grandmother Chan Fung Dai nee Lee
Grandma was born at a wrong place and wrong time as were most of the Chinese women of her era.
I almost forgot this important part of Grandma's story until I got connected with my Hee Kung and Hee Po's grand daughter.
In the past when a woman came from China to Borneo without a relatives, she would find a family ,however distance related, to be their foster daughter. This family will "socially" take her in.
Grandma, a Lee found a Lee family. (The daughter married the Liong family). Dad called the mum Bodai, and we called her Bodai Tai. The daughter, we called Hee Po and her husband Hee Kung. We were very close and we visited them often. Hee Kung worked in town, and is the most knowledgeable of the Kwong Liang people.
He is a man of great inspiration. When we passed our public examination, he had a prize for us, usually in the form of a parker pen. When I was going to New Zealand for my Masters, the family gave me a dinner. He asked me what kind of Economics I was going to do. I was shocked, most people did not even know what Economics was.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Chinese to New Zealand

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 Helen Wong, NZ Historian and researcher with Phoebe Li.

Had the privilege to meet Phoebe Li , Post Doc of Tsinghua University during the Auckland Family Expo. The New Zealand Chinese Association was promoting the above book.
She is currently working on the history of the Chinese in Australia through a media studies approach.
 
 
 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

cataloguer at the National Library of New Zealand



Hi Ann,

I am a cataloguer at the National Library of New Zealand. I am currently creating a catalogue record for the item
Asian stories / Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan.
 
I’m just trying to create an appropriate record for this item,
 
Is it a work of fiction based on 2 true stories?

Yes
 
And on what page does the second story start?
 
If you could help me out here that would be great
Thanks very much and enjoy your afternoon Ann.
 

Collection Description Librarian
National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa
 
Ph. +64 4 4743012

http://www.natlib.govt.nz
 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nicky, the Kept woman.

Nicky was desperate to find a husband that she didn't mind becoming a Kept woman.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ann's book list 2017

Diary of a Bereaved Mother  吾儿再见:丧儿母亲的日记  ISBN 9780473187095
This is a real life story of losing one's only son. This experience has made the author strong and caring. This tragedy has been a great help for her to help understand other bereaved people. The author is very brave to write this book. It has not been easy and she aims to touch,...
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/aucklander/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503372&objectid=11030495

From China to Borneo and Beyond 海外华人的中国魂: 从中国,到南洋,到更远 2013 By
ISBN 9780473239008 English ISBN 9780473309626 Chinese
Hai wai hua ren de Zhong Guo hun
Link/Page CitationThis book records with humor the life of a busy and active family through World War II, the formation of Malaysia and Confrontation. It is a personal reflection of a way of life that has moved on and provides insight into a family and its relationships. It is most of all a work of love and respect for the Chan and Kong families and for Father and Mother.M M Ann Armstrong
Mail Order Bride 邮购新娘
This book is about the embodiment of the darker side of today's society.
ISBN 978047325414-8
Her third book, Mail Order Bride is the first fiction piece from Ann. She said that the book targets an audience of young adults and that it appeals readers interested in social issues and ills that young adults have to face.
http://borneobulletin.brunei-online.com/index.php/2013/10/15/sibu-born-author-ann-chin-kit-suet-promotes-books/
Cry of Oppressed Women 妇女的哭泣
women suffers from oppression. This story traces the life of Nadine who overcomes her own problems of oppression, grows up to be a social worker and helps women who have suffered from physical and mental violence, domestic violence, rape, pornography, swinging, sex slavery, human ... ISBN 9780473287153 Published 1 July 2014  All ages
Judy Lawson, Counsellor  A book I would use in my work as a reference.
World War II in Borneo, Tales of my Grandpa
ISBN: 9780473339005 (Pbk)
It is seventy years after the end of the World War II, or the Japanese occupation in Borneo. Captain Cheng aka Captain Fong and his Canadian soldiers are remembered in their role of leading the surrender of the Japanese.
I've been reading your book World War Two in Borneo: Tales of my Grandpa. I was a bit hesitant to start it, since it is combined fiction and fact and I didn't want to get the history mixed up in my mind. However, I'm finding it very compelling to read.Canadian documentary maker, Keith Lock.

One roof, two lives
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BGRESX0/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmbTraces the lives of 2 girls. The poor girl is sold to the rich girl as a slave aka mui zai to serve her for ever. Different Chinese Tradition are explained, and tragedy brings them to the South Seas. The Japanese invasion, the slave protects her mistress and is sent to a brothel as a comfort women.
Wannabe Socialite
  • ISBN-10: 1530878063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530878062
Based in Malaya and Singapore from the 60s.
The world is full of big bad wolves for a young girl growing in a small sheltered town. From one small wrong step, trouble snowballs into bigger and bigger trouble. She sinks into the murky seedy underworld. She becomes a kept woman. She finds there is no way out, she commits suicide.

The Playgroup Club
A group  of stay at home meet and socialize and do constructive work.

 ISBN 978 0 473 37871 4

Two Asian Stories
A revised and amalgamation of One Roof, Two lives and Wannabe Socialite.
ISBN 978 0473 402693









Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lourdes

My sister Grace went to Lourdes and she said a prayer for me. This happened just when I released my latest book, Two Asian Stories. The book has content of Roman Catholicism, which my upbringing is influenced by.

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謝謝 ThanK You


謝謝, A big thank you
to:
Mary Lim for our discussion of using the book cover.
Valentine Tnay for explaining :  出入平安 chūrù  Pingann
Rose Bennet for the explanation of St Jude Shrine.
Irene Yong, for the visiting of graves. It happens I have two scenarios in the book.