From the desk of Chong Ket Pen - The Lunar/Chinese New Year is the biggest festival for Chinese all over the world. Here's how the Hopo do it differently.
I grew up in a sleepy town on the border of Negri Sembilan and Malacca. While I live in Kuala Lumpur now, I still return on frequent visits to my hometown, which is filled with memories of my childhood. Many of these memories are of food and family traditions and the traditions of the Hopo Hakka in my town. I have shared many of these with my own family, and we continue to observe and keep these traditions. When I joined the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Hopo Association about 15 years ago, I realised that I wanted to contribute to keeping our Hopo culture and traditions alive, and pass them on to future generations. The Hopo Cultural Museum’s mural of how many early Hopo Hakkas made their living once they arrived in the Malay Peninsula. Clockwise from top right: rubber tapping, carpentry, tin panning and tin mining. In June this year, the first step of that dream became [...]
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