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The Chindian connection

This is a portrait of my Indian (Tamil) family who lived in Selangor at the time. This picture was taken outside my grand mother and grandfathers home on Brickfields Road in KL. All the men were employed by the railways. The Chindian connection in this photograph relates to the two adult males (seated) on either side of the photo. These were the brothers of my grandmother (with baby on lap). They married two Chinese sisters, one of which is in the photo. The only real ‘Chindian’ in the photo at this point was the little baby on my grandmothers lap....
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I didn’t know what being a Malaysian means

Listening to the chatters of the adults in grandma house on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Brickfields while eating my favorite red bean tong sui along with my cousins. The adults’ conversations starts off with “We the Chinese….and would mix it with “They the Malai/Dao Si…”. I was six and I didn’t know what being a Malaysian means. Primary 1 to Primary 6 was learning the way to think as a Chinese (Confucious) and learn my roots as a Chinese through Mandarin. I learnt Bahasa too and managed to do well in UPSR scoring an A. But, I would...
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We would pretend to be super heroes

Mine was always a dragon, with a red body and green scales, while my sister would go for the smallest one at the stall our parents took us to, usually a squirrel or rabbit. I’m talking about lanterns of course. In the two weeks or so leading up to Mid Autumn Festival, we would have our own little lantern parade around the housing area. Ours was a multi-racial neighbourhood and all the kids participated. Who doesn’t like those colourful, cute animal-shaped lanterns anyway? We would pretend to be vigilantes or super heroes as we roamed the neighbourhood.  Whenever we...
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