Coming Home

I remember watching a video version of a 1955 movie, Love is a many splendored thing which starred the late William Holden as a married and separated reporter who falls in love with a Eurasian doctor from Mainland China, played by Jennifer Jones. The movie is based on a book written by Han Su Yin, author of many other novels, including And the Rain My Drink which was considered anti-British and had caused her then husband, Leon F. Comber whom she married in 1952 to resign as an acting Assistant from the British Colonial Police Service in Johore in Malaya. Love is a many splendored thing is supposed to be partly autobiographical. The love between the reporter and the doctor encounters prejudice from her family. In a scene where the couple announces their plans to tie the knot, everyone in the doctor's big traditional Chinese family becomes obviously disappointed and the women start to remove the jeweleries they were wearing, and hand them to the would be bride. Such practice seems rather peculiar and I have since wonder if the depiction of a traditional Chinese family in the movie is correct. That all the members of a family would come together in time of crisis however is quite true to a certain extent as in the case of Malaysian Tan Hoon Cheng an award winning Sin Chew reporter who wrote a short article on former Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail's alleged racist remarks during the Permatang Pauh by-election and was detained for 17 hours by the police under the Internal Security Act after police received information that her life had been threatened. The Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail had since been suspended from his party for three years.


Liudmila said…
I looked at the photo and thought about the old lady. What thoughts has she in the head in this moment...

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