Saturday, February 6, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
ANTHONY HAMILTONAnthony Hamilton is a writer who lives in Hayward, California. He is the author of several books, including The Autobiography of Strong Child and Shattered Lives.
when I was 10 or 11, a teacher humiliated me. We were to tell what our father's occupation was. My dad was a group supervisor of schools, (technically her boss.) I perhaps didn't say it properly as it was a mouth ful, and she didn't expect what I was saying. She was very rude and said back mumbling what I was trying to say. I was humiliated. Like Anthomy Hamilton, I am a writer of 7 books, a public speaker. Three years ago, I was celebrated in my home town. I wonder if she read the newspapers, I wonder if she read about me. Recently, I saw a photo of her with a junior class.
The moral of the story is never humiliate your students.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
My 7th book, 3rd eBook,
Traces 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. After the war, the slave is released but to another horrific life. She is sold again. To end the sadness, she goes to New Zealand.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Banzai in Japanese, or at least during the World War 2, aka as the Japanese invasion, means "Hail to the Emperor." The fierce Jap soldiers required anyone seeing them to prostrate 90 degrees, lift one hand out and say," Banzai!" Then the Jap soldiers will let you go. If you don't, you would be knocked by the gun, and beaten or forced with water into your stomach or thrown to jail.
Whereas, in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect, Banzai means "Go to Shit." So according to my brother Charles, the Chinese were very enthusiatic in saying ," Banzai! Banzai". The soldiers not knowing this, would let them go. The rest of the population like the Malays were beaten really badly.
My Dad, and later Henry related this story. Dad really needed to banzai/shit. When he was heading towards a toilet, he encountered some Jap solders. His quick thinking made him lift his hand to show them his toilet paper, and saying Banzai at the same time. Misunderstanding him, the Jap soldiers let him off. I teased Dad in his later years if he shat his pants, and he only laughed. He said, now we can all laugh, it was no laughing matter then.
This shop in Mt Eden is called Banzai, it sells Japanese snacks. I alway snigger when I see it. You won't catch me going into that shop.
***When the water engineer wears his Japanese cap, I scold him to be a ratbag, his Dad who was beaten up twice by the Japs would roll in his grave. The Japanese caps and uniform were Khaki in colour. The water engineer's hat is blue and made in China. I don't think China would make such a cap in Khaki colour.***
I supposed it was influenced by deputy director of the
drama troupe of the Sibu Chinese Choir.
. After the war,in 1946, by the my dad was
teaching in Tung Hua, Methodist Secondary School, Chung
Hua School and Sacred hearts school.
There was this big
drama production in Sibu to
raise funds to rebuild Sibu. They
approached my Dad to act main character. The main
character was also the Japanese spy.
My Dad accepted the role saying this is the role of an actor
and be professional in the role.
Mum was a bit worried people might misconstrue acting life
with real life.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
This is a story of a friendship of a lifetime. My Uncle Master Kok Fei in the photo, and his friend Master Kui Kui.
In the prewar time, they studied English session in the morning in Sacred Heart's school. In the afternoon, Uncle Kok Fei and my dad studied in Tung Hua School. I am not sure if Master Kui Kui studied in Tung Hua, I remembered Uncle Kok Fei saying, students from the Chinese session was very good in Maths.
The two of them helped each other, Uncle Kok Fei teaching Master Kui Kui Math, and Master Kui Kui teaching him English.
The two went on to become teachers of Sacred Heart's primary school, and Master Kui Kui became the principal until his retirement. Master Kok Fei was very passionate about sports and even the secondary boys know him.
The person who took this photo must have been William, Master Kui Kui's son. Uncle Kok Fei came to visit me in Auckland and William took him around.
We had a meal in my house, and most of these were Sacred Heart Old Boys. You may recognize Father Paul Chee.
Every Chinese New Year, I specially remember Uncle Kok Fei. He was born on the 7th day. universal or human beings birthday. We always went to his house and celebrated together with his brother,