In Pursuit of NEW LIFE

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This is a collection of stories of 14 families of different ancestry, whose forefathers migrated to Southeast Asia from southern China in the last two centuries. Despite suffering severe hardships, troubles brought about by natural disasters, political unrests, social injustice and inequalities in China and the atrocities of two world wars, they survived and prospered in their country of adoption. They also found abundant life in the Christian faith.

Among the families featured are the ancestors of Polar Puffs & Cakes, Wing On and the Yeo Hiap Seng group.

About the Editors

Dr CHEN Ai Yen was Associate Professor, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She headed three education departments in instructional technology and pedagogy in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, specializing in teaching and doing research in instructional and curriculum design, development and evaluation in teacher education and higher education. She has written more than 70 articles and books. Among her publications are two co-edited books: The Reflective Spin—Case Studies of Teachers in Higher Education Transforming Action with John Van Maanen of MIT, USA and Transforming Teaching and Inspiring Learning with Koay Siew Luan of NIE, NTU.

WONG Siew Kwun was a junior college Geography and G.P. teacher before giving full-time support to her husband, Rev Dr. Wan Chee Wan in church work and overseas missions. She was an active advocate for breast-feeding for more than three decades and is now a volunteer guide for the National Orchid Garden and Heritage Tours of Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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Chen Ai Yen, Wong Siew Kwun