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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ABC Wednesday: Letter N



Nanyang means South Seas. In the old days, South East Asia was known to the Chinese as South Seas.












These Chinese structures are icons, and for a long time, Malaysian are not allowed to visit China. Coming to these Yunnan Garden served to kill two birds with one stone. They were in the university they funded, and they got a feel of China. I felt the same too, as I am 4th generations removed from China, and this is the closest I been to China.
Today, in Singapore, they have NTU, Nanyang Technological University. It was originally privately raised by the Chinese people of South East Asia, including my grand parents. When I was growing up in Borneo, my grand parents and parents donated to build the Chinese University outside China. I was told that many of our Chinese ancestors owned a brick. We teased our grand dad if they gave him a number and the coordinates of his brick.

The Nanyang university of Singapore transitioned from a Chinese University to an ultra modern one funded by the Government.

When the Water Engineer went to teach in the University in 1990, it became NTI and then NTU, a fully fledged university. To date, of all the children in the Chan clan, only my daughter D attended the university. I spent sixteen of my adult years here, and the best thing is I made many friends from all over the world.

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22 comments:

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Lovely to read about it. I associate this university with memories of Han Suyin and Ling Yutang....and my uncles who went there...and my aunts/cousins who could not go because although they were bright they were too poor to go...in their later lives...their spouses would say"If she went to Nanyang...I would not have the blessing of marrying her..."Lovely to hear that too.

Leslie: said...

Great architecture. Have a wonderful week,

Leslie
abcw team

Al said...

It looks like a nice place, great structures. You're right, Las Vegas is in a desert, all the water features are artificial using water brought a long way from the mountains.

Kay L. Davies said...

Very interesting post, Ann. I'm glad your daughter was able to attend the university where your grandfather owned a brick. :o)

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

George said...

Thanks for the interesting history of Nanyang Technological University, and for the wonderful pictures you've shared.

Roger Owen Green said...

interesting evolution of the university. education is so important.

ROG, ABC wednesday team

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. The architecture is beautiful.

Jama said...

The architecture there are so lovely!

Dave said...

Nice photos and interesting information about the Chinese University there Ann - Dave

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Enjoyed learning more of your history.

Felisol said...

How very interesting.
I admire the stubborn will to take care of heritage and culture.
Poeple with roots and history get an identity so many are lacking today.

Scriptor Senex said...

A great story for ABC Wednesday, thank you.

JM said...

The nest is a great find. Lovely pics of the chinese architecture.

jabblog said...

How very interesting. I'm glad it was finally open to all.

Meryl said...

As a mother whose last child is away in college, all I seemed to focus on was the empty nest!

Sandra said...

I really love that nest.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful photos Ann.

Nostalgic, is one of my ABC entries. Come by any time you get a chance. Have a great day!

Helma said...

Hi Ann,

how nice to some history of your ancestors to read. The photos you've placed there to give it a good read overall.

Greetings from Holland by Helma

Mar said...

Very interesting post and I love your pictures!

Lew said...

Interesting connection you have to the migration of cultures in this world. I think that it takes a lot of courage to take what you can carry and depart for a new land! Your parents and grand parents had a part in education the new land.

As for the pumpkins, some will be used for food, but I expect most will be for decorations. There is a smaller pumpkin that is better for cooking and I expect Marianne will be making some pumpkin bread for the holidays.

SavvyMama said...

nice! what a great choice..thanks for sharing~

Jo Bryant said...

i loved reading about the history - what a great post for this week