14 Jul 2009 – Hello, I Am Alive
Joel was right, 1 day for every hour of time difference to recover. 12days since my return and I am back to life with JohnCHENG, who arrived from HKG yesterday. He helped with the China trip or I would have been very lost in translation! Thoughts and ideas have been flooding the mind as to how we can preserve the LAM-Heritage with some dignity. Have designed the above logo for this project… Chinese character for LAM using bamboo as the family tree!
Grandfather LAM SongKee & granduncle LAM JiChiew were humble & generous. After making their fortunes in Sarawak around the mid 1900s, they returned to their village in Jiangmen/Guangdong province, South East China, where they built 2 houses and an ancestral hall. (see posting Happy Mother’s Day from China for pictures). They also hired teachers using the ancestral hall as classrooms. Coffins were donated to those who could not afford them. In Kuching, Sarawak, they donated a large piece of property to the township on the condition that the road is named after the bank, Jalan Kwong Lee Bank, still existing.
After 2 visits in 2009&2010, mass emailed the family to update them about the ancestral houses & hall to get comments, feed backs, ideas etc as to how we can go about this project. No expectations, just hopes that the majority will wish to support for keeping the LAM Heritage like I do. This will show our respect to the ancestors and will also give our descendants with some knowledge about their heritage.
To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility-these are marks of maturity and graciousness – William Ward
12Sep2021: have sort of given up hope about preserving or even trying to talk to anyone in the family about the ancestral hall&homes after the visit in 2009-10! So hearing from Irene gave me some hopes to revive this posting. Thank you Irene.
Sooo excited&thrilled to hear from a long-lost cousin, IreneLAM (sister of the CoconutPostMaster in HI/USA) – no have never met her or him and really hope that we are able to connect&work something for our family’s ancestral village in Jiangmen/Guangdong Province, China so as to be linked to a neighbouring village (1hr away) which is in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This has always been in my dreams&hopes when I first set foot there in 2009, but kinda given up hope as no one in the family showed any interest when I voiced out my thoughts then!
5Sep: appreciations to GG-LAM Irene, a cousin from granduncle RG-LAM JiChiew’s branch (Alfred-Linda Tay is the contact person for this branch) for this interesting link that her father BG-LAM YatYin and bro GG-LAM Michael started. https://lamaviation.com/
7Sep: hoping&praying that the LAM-Heritage is moving forward in the direction of preservation instead of destruction in the name of progress! As a granddaughter (let’s hope that I can count in this matter) of RG-LAM SongKee, have given the POA to the Cangdong East Culture Heritage Conservation & Development Centre in KaipingCity/China to mange the family’s property&affairs there. http://cangdongproject.org/cangdong-xmgken.asp