14 Jul 2009 – I Am Alive
12days since my return from China, and back to normal life with many thoughts&ideas flooding the mind as to how we can preserve the LAM-Heritage with some dignity. Chinese character for LAM – logo for our 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 of SunWui (新會) in Jiangmen (江門), Guangdong Province/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 for burial 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 to the village, 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 hope 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 provide our descendants with some knowledge about their heritage. We’re all immortal as long as our story is told!
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 visits in 2009-11. 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, Irene (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!
5Sep2021: 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/
7Sep2021: hoping&praying that the LAM-Heritage is moving forward in the direction of preservation instead of destruction in the name of progress! As granddaughters of LAM JiChiew&SongKee, Irene & I have given our POA to Cangdong East Culture Heritage Conservation&Development Centre 廣東倉東教育基地 KaipingCity/China to mange the family’s property&affairs there. Hope that I have not signed my life away – hahaha
15Jan2022: this is probably the most exciting news for my Bday and the year of the Tiger ahead. Work has started at the ancestral hall. Led by Dr TAN JinHua/Selia (see above link), an architect, VP of the VolunteersUnion, and WuYiUniversityConservation&Architecture students who are so generous to volunteer their time.
They have begun to research on our family history&the history of the ancestral hall. Work will be done to the 2 identical houses&water-pavilion house. Eventually the plan is to have a museum about the LAM family. Hopefully will live to see that and able to take some of my flock, if not the whole flock there one day. And even if I do not get to see it, have at least planted the seed to this project.
The exact location&correct address of these buildings: TangbianliVillage, DanzaoTownship, PengjiangDistrict, JiangmenCity, GuangdongProvince, PRC
A plaque has now been installed at the entrance of our LAM ancestral hall, designating it as Jiangmen City Heritage Architecture. After so many years of effort&frustrations, this is indeed a very happy moment – appreciations&tkx to GG-IreneLAM ( RG-LAM JiChiew’s branch).