Showing posts from October, 2007

Wong Hoc Ting

The first Chinese settler arrived in New Zealand when the country came under British sovereignty in 1840. Appo Hocton or Wong Hoc Ting came to Nelson in 1842. He was a steward on the ship Thomas Harrison.

Tan Kah Kee

Tan Kah Kee (1874-1961), an entrepreneur in Malaya whose business enterprises included rice trading, pineapple plantations and canning, rubber plantations, shipping and food manufacturing, was a renowned philanthropist who gave millions to charity. A benefactor of schools, Raffles College in Singapore, University of Malaya in Malaysia and University of Xiamen in China had all benefited from his generosity. Born in Fujian, China, the legendary man returned to China in 1950 and after his death, had bequeathed all his assets to a school in his home village of Jimei and the University of Xiamen. Today, his memorial in Fujian is a tourist attraction and scholarships are still awarded under his name.

Han Su Yin

Han Su Yin was born in Peking, China and was educated in a Chinese university and later in London University where she studied Medicine. A qualified doctor and an author of many novels, she is best remembered for the moving love story, an autobiographical account of her love affair with an English journalist in the critically acclaimed novel A many splendoured thing which had been turned into an equally acclaimed Hollywood movie of the same name staring William Holden.

Chinese in Brazil

Most Chinese in Brazil come from Guangdong Province or Taiwan and most of them live in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Chinese Paintings

Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Bits and pieces of painting on silk, stone and painted lacquer items had survived as early as the Warring States (481 - 221BC) period. Prior to that, the paintings were ornamental and consisted of pattern or designs, not pictures. The artists from the Han (202 BC) to the Tang (618-906) dynasties mainly painted the human figures. Landscape painting is considered to be the highest form of Chinese painting and the Great age of Chinese landscape is from the Five Dynasties period to the Northern Song period (907-1127).There are mainly two techniques in Chinese painting, which are Meticulous or Gong-bi (工筆), often referred to as court-style painting and Freehand or Shui-mo (水墨) which is loosely termed as watercolour or brush painting.

Li Ning

Li Ning was China’s legendary gymnast who captured three golds, two silvers and a bronze in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. In an athletic career that spanned 19 years, he garnered 106 medals and two years after retirement, he had in 1990, started a sporting-goods business named after himself. Li Ning company has now more than 4000 stores operating in China. file:///F:/TIME%20Magazine%20%2060%20Years%20of%20Asian%20Heroes%20Li%20Ning.htm