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Date Of Birth (DOB): 1957 born in Malaysia
HOKKIEN NAME: Khaw Peng Tee, Professor, Sir
ANCESTRY: Minnan Hokkien
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
CATEGORY: Medical consultant ophthalmic surgeon researcher and professor


• Professor Khaw, specialises in glaucoma surgery both for paediatric and complex adult cases.
• Professor Khaw carry out research into the biology of healing, developing new treatments for scarring prevention and tissue regeneration after ocular surgery and disease.
Professor Peng Tee Khaw has been awarded a knighthood for services to ophthalmology in the Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during the Queen's Birthday Honours awards for 2013.
• Apart from the scientific achievement and the world-wide humanitarian implications, Peng Tee is also recognised for the economic benefits to the United Kingdom.
• For more than 25 years, Professor Peng Tee Khaw, 56, has pioneered treatments for glaucoma, working tirelessly to give people the gift of sight.
• Professor Peng Tee Khaw is the most respected Professor of Glaucoma and Ocular Healing and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
• Dr Khaw comes from an illustrious family. He is the youngest son of the late Tan Sri Khaw Kai Boh, a former MCA deputy president, a former housing and local government minister as well as one of the founding fathers of TAR College in the post-1969 period.
• Peng Tee is the brother of Professor Khaw Kay Tee, who herself had been awarded the CBE. Kay Tee was instrumental for securing Clare College, Cambridge, as the venue for the VIOS Grand Celebration in 2012.
• After finishing his education at St Johns Institution in Kuala Lumpur, Dr Khaw headed for England in 1970.
• After training in both general medicine and ophthalmology, he did a doctorate in cell and molecular biology of ocular wound healing at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and University of Florida of the United States.
• Professor Khaw has helped raise research and infrastructure grants of over £50 million and published over 350 papers.

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Professor Peng Tee Khaw, the director of research and development and one of the leading eye doctors and researchers, has been awarded a knighthood for services to ophthalmology in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

In addition to his role at Moorfields and the Institute, Professor Khaw is the director of the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre based at Moorfields and the Institute, and director of the eyes and vision theme of UCL Partners, one of the UK’s first accredited academic health science centres and now one of its first academic health science networks. Until May 2013, he was also president of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the world’s largest eye and vision research organisation, the first UK-based president in the association’s 85-year history.

Professor Khaw trained in both general medicine and ophthalmology at Southampton University. After completing his surgical training, he did a PhD in cell and molecular biology of ocular wound healing at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and University of Florida, USA. He treats complex adult patients and children with glaucoma, receiving patients from all over the United Kingdom, Europe and other parts of the world. In 2012, Professor Khaw was named as one of Britain’s best children’s doctors in The Times Top Children’s Doctors list. He has given more than 20 named lectures and has published over 350 academic papers, chapters and books, as well as raising more than £80 million for research programmes and new clinical facilities.

Dr Khaw has an established record of developing new therapies. He developed surgical techniques, such as the Moorfields Safer Surgery System, which have significantly improved the outcome of glaucoma surgery, and developed new anti-scarring regimens that were eventually adopted internationally.

It was his vision – with that of “Daily Express” owner Richard Desmond – that saw THE RICHARD DESMOND CHILDREN’S EYE CENTRE open in 2007. It is the "largest hospital in the world" dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of children’s eye disease.

As part of the translational activities at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and the Biomedical Research Centre in Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Professor Khaw is currently working with UCL Business (UCLB) to develop two new ophthalmic technologies for glaucoma:

‘slow-release’ micro-tablet which allows prolonged dosage of anti-scarring agent to the eye, thus preventing fibrosis and blindness post-surgery. This micro-tablet contains matrix metalloprotease inhibitors which inhibit scarring and increase the success of glaucoma filtration surgery. The development of this technology is currently funded by and MRC DPFS award.
• a solid formulation methodology for antibodies and protein therapeutics delivery into the eye. This tablet provides prolonged release of the antibody therapeutics and reduces the need for repeat injections

Professor Philip Luthert, Director of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, said: “It is an extraordinary experience to see an individual clinician–scientist act as a beacon for innovation and outstanding clinical care within a specialty.

Professor Peng Khaw’s dedication to improving treatment for patients has had a marked impact on the world of ophthalmology. Integrating fundamental science with improved surgical technique, Professor Khaw has transformed the management of patients worldwide. His leadership at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital has inspired a generation of investigators. The lives of countless patients have been enhanced by his humanity, care and understanding.

Professor Khaw said: “I am very humbled to have been awarded this incredible honour (awarded a knighthood). I feel I have received this on behalf of all my colleagues here at Moorfields, UCL and around the world with whom I have been privileged to work, and who transform the lives of so many people every day.”


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Number 38:

Date Of Birth : 8th December 1960; born in Batu Pahat, Johor State

CHINESE/PINYIN NAME: 林冠英, Lín Guānyīng
POJ /HOKKIEN NAME: Lîm Kuan-ing; Lim Guan Eng
ANCESTRY: Minnan Hokkien. Ancestral village is in Zhangzhou, Fujian.
COUNTRY: Penang, Malaysia
CATEGORY: Politics, Chief Minister, Member of Parliament, State Assemblyman


• Lim Guan Eng is the 4th Chief Minister of the State of Penang in Malaysia
• Lim is the Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party (DAP).
• Lim is the son of Lim Kit Siang (former Opposition Leader of Malaysia Parliament)
Lim Kit Siang together with his son Lim Guan Eng first visited his ancestral home in China in Nov 2008 (reported in Chinapress). His ancestral village is in Zhangzhou, Fujian province which makes him a Minnan native. He met his 80+ years old brother-in-law during this visit.

Lim Guan Eng is the son of Lim Kit Siang (Leader of the Opposition in the Dewan Rakyat from 1973 to 1999 and 2004 to 2008). Guan Eng is married to Betty Chew Gek Cheng, a member of the DAP and a state assemblywoman in Malacca. He received primary education at La Salle Primary English School in Petaling Jaya, and later the Batu Pahat Montfort Primary English School. For secondary education, he went to Batu Pahat High School and Malacca High School.

Lim Guan Eng graduated from Monash University, Australia in Bachelor of Economics and was a qualified professional accountant by 1983. He was the president of MUISS (Monash University International Student Society).

Prior to his political career, Lim Guan Eng was a Bank Senior executive. Lim was first elected as a Member of Parliament for Kota Melaka in 1986. He was re-elected in the subsequent 1990 and 1995 general elections, albeit with reduced majority votes. He thus became the first person to be elected for three consecutive terms in Kota Melaka. He was also the first Malacca High School alumnus to achieve this.

After joining the Democratic Action Party, Lim Guan Eng was appointed as the DAP Socialist Youth Chairman in 1989 and was elected to that post in 1992. In 1995, he was elected as the DAP Deputy Secretary-General. Lim was elected as the DAP Party Secretary-General in 2004, and has held the position since.

The Malaysian police arrested Lim Guan Eng in 1994; follow his criticism on the government's handling of allegations of statutory rape in one of his constituents by former Chief Minister of the state of Melaka, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik. Consequently, while the Attorney General decided not to press charges Rahim Thamby Chik, Lim was charged under Section 4(1) (b) of the Sedition Act 1948 for causing 'disaffection with the administration of justice in Malaysia'.

Lim Guan Eng was also charged under Section 8A (1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 for 'maliciously printing' a pamphlet containing allegedly 'false information' because he had described the alleged rape victim as an 'imprisoned victim' because she was initially detained by Malaysian police without parental consent for 10 days.

During the judicial procedure, Lim was quoted saying:
 “If I fail and have to go to jail, I have no regrets. I have no regrets of going down fighting for the principles of truth and justice. And pursuit of human rights, especially women's rights. There can be no women's rights if women rape victims are considered equally responsible, and even detained, whilst the accused remain free."
— Lim Guan Eng.

After a series of appeals, Lim was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. He was, however, released after 12 months on August 25, 1999. Due to his incarceration, he was disallowed from standing for election to public office for a period of 5 years, and he was therefore ineligible to contest in the 2004 Malaysian General Election.

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Number 39:

Date Of Birth : 20th February 20, 1941 born in Batu Pahat, Johor State
POJ (HOKKIEN) NAME: Lîm Kiat-siông / Lim Kit Siang
ANCESTRY: Minnan Hokkien: Ancestral village is in Zhangzhou, Fujian.
COUNTRY: Malaysia
CATEGORY: Politics – Opposition Leader, Member of Parliament, State Assemblyman


• Kit Siang was also the country’s longest serving Malaysia Parliamentary Opposition Leaders, from 1974 – 1999, and 2004-2008
Lim Kit Siang together with his son Lim Guan Eng first visited his ancestral home in China in Nov 2008 (reported in Chinapress). His ancestral village is in Zhangzhou, Fujian province which makes him a Minnan native. He met his 80+ years old brother-in-law during this visit.
• Kit Siang has published 34 books
• Lim Kit Siang was first elected as an MP for the Bandar Melaka seat in 1969
• Lim Kit Siang led the party in the capacity of DAP Secretary-General from 1969 until 1999 when he was elected DAP Party Chairman, succeeding Chen Man Hin.
• In 2004, he refused re-appointment as the DAP Chairman and Karpal Singh was elected to replace him.
• Lim was then elected to an "advisory role" as the leader of a newly created body called the "Policy and Strategic Planning Commission".

Lim Kit Siang is a prominent leader of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a Social Democratic opposition party in Malaysia. He is the father of current Chief Minister in the State of Penang, Lim Guan Eng. Lim was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1977. He is married with four children. Since 1978,.

Lim Kit Siang first emerged as a politician when he was National Organising Secretary of the DAP from 1966 to 1969. At the same time he was also entrusted to edit the party's newspaper, the Rocket. The course of the political landscape changed when he was promoted to Secretary-General in 1969 after being acting Secretary-General for a short period during a turbulent period in the country's history. He considers himself a Democratic socialist and is also a supporter of social democracy.

Apart from 1999 to 2004 where Lim Kit Siang lost his seat due to the Chinese disenchantment with DAP entering into a political pact with the Islamist PAS for the general elections, Lim represented various constituencies in five states:

➢ Bandar Melaka (1969–1974)
➢ Kota Melaka (1974–1978)
➢ Petaling Jaya, Selangor (1978–1982)
➢ Kota Melaka (1982–1986)
➢ Tanjong, Penang (1986–1999)
➢ Ipoh Timur, Perak (2004–2013)
➢ Gelang Patah, Johor (since 2013)

Lim Kit Siang also served as a state assemblyman in Melaka and Penang during the following periods: Kubu, Melaka (1974–1982); Kampong Kolam, Penang (1986–1990); and Padang Kota, Penang (1990–1995).

After winning a parliamentary seat from Ipoh Timor during the 2004 general election, which also saw his party clinching the most seats of any opposition party, Lim Kit Siang became the Parliamentary Opposition Leader. In recent years the opposition have been campaigning for freer and fairer elections within Malaysia. In the March 2008 general election, he was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor with a majority of 21,942 votes. Lim Kit Siang is the new Member of Parliament for Gelang Patah in 2013.

Lim Kit Siang's son, Lim Guan Eng is currently the Secretary-General of the DAP Party and the Chief Minister of Penang.

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Number 40:

Date Of Birth : 15th August 1964 born in Tengkera, Melaka, Malaysia
POJ (PE̍H-ŌE-JĪ ) NAME: Chiu Ge̍k-chheng
ANCESTRY: Minnan Hokkien
COUNTRY: Malacca State, Malaysia
CATEGORY: Politician


• Betty Chew is the Member of the Malacca State Legislative Assembly for Kota Laksamana in the State Assembly of Malacca
• Betty Chew is a Malaysian Chinese politician from the Democratic Action Party (DAP).
• Betty Chew is the Chief of the DAP Malacca women's wing since 2005.

Betty Chew Gek Cheng is the wife of the current Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, and is the daughter-in-law of the former Opposition Leader in the Parliament of Malaysia, Lim Kit Siang, who is also of the DAP.

In 2006, it was reported that Betty Chew Gek Cheng would become the first Malacca assemblyman to give birth while in office. At the time, Chew had three children with Lim: Rachael, aged 15, Clint, aged 14, and Marcus, aged 11.


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NAME ----------------- - COUNTRY ---------------- - CATEGORY

1. Zheng Chenggong (Koxinga) - China, Taiwan, Japan - Military Commander
2. Zheng Zhilong (Nicholas Iquan Gaspard) - China - Military Commander, Sea Merchant, Admiral
3. Goh Chok Tong - Singapore - Politicians, Former Prime Minister of Singapore
4. President Benigno S. Aquino Iii - Philippines - Politician, President
5. Ex-President Corazon Aquino - Philippines - Politician, Ex-President
6. Tan Kah Kee - Singapore & Malaysia - Businessman, Community leader & Philanthropist
7. Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng - Malaysia - Actress, Producer, Dancer, Miss Malaysia 1983
8. Liem Swie King - Indonesia - Sports: Badminton Player
9. José Rizal - Philippines - Politician. A hero-martyr of the Philippine Revolution
10. Yao Chen (Miss) - China - Actress

11. Hong Chengchou - China - Military Commander
12. Gong Beibi (Miss) - China - Actress, Presenter/Host
13. Raymond Lam Fung - China - Actor, singer
14. Hsieh Su-Wei (Miss)- Taiwan - Sports: 2013 Wimbledon Women Tennis Doubles Champion
15. Henry Sy. Sr. - Philippines - Businessman, Entrepreneur
16. Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu - Malaysia - Politician, Former Penang Chief Minister
17. Tun Dr. Lim Keng Yaik - Malaysia - Politician, Federal Minister
18. Lucio Tan - Philippines - Businessman, Entrepreneur
19. Choy So-Yuk - Hong Kong - Politician
20. Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon - Malaysia - Politician, Former Penang Chief Minister

21. Li Zhi - China - Philosopher, Historian & Writer
22. Takeshi Keneshiro - Taiwan, Japan - Actor, Singer
23. Zhu Xi Or Chu Hsi - China - Philosopher
24. Jeremy Lin - USA - Sports: NBA Basketball (Houston Rockets)
25. Sara Baiyu Chen - USA - Singer-songwriter and actress
26. Zhang Gaoli - China - Politician, Vice-Premier of PRC
27. Professor Emeritus Han Kuo-Huang - USA, (China, Taiwan) - Ethnomusicologist & musician
28. Lin Yutang - China - Writer, translator, linguist & inventor
29. Lin Qiaozhi (Miss) - China - Gynecologists & Obstetricians
30. Yin Chengzong - USA & China - Pianist & Composer, Professor & Artist

31. JJ Lin/Lin Jun Jie (Wayne) - Singapore - Singer-songwriter, composer & actor
32. Cai Qian - China - Sea Merchant, (Pirates ?)
33. Ji Xinpeng - China - Sports: 2000 Olympic Badminton Gold Medallist
34. Datuk Lee Chong Wei - Malaysia - Sports: 2002 & 2012 Olympic Badminton Silver Medallist
35. Lin Qingfeng - China - Sports: Weightlifting 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist
36. Tan Sri Dato Seri Dr. Lim Goh Tong - Malaysia - Businessman & Entrepreneur (Genting Casino)
37. Sir Dr Khaw Peng Tee (Professor) - England (UK) - Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Researcher
38. Lim Guan Eng - Malaysia - Politics, Penang Chief Minister, Member of Parliament
39. Lim Kit Siang - Malaysia - Politics, Former Opposition Leader, Member of Parliament
40. Betty Chew - Malaysia - Politics, State Assemblywoman

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Number 41:

NAME : Jody Jiang Hui
Date Of Birth : 1st September1961 in Chiayi, Taiwan,
ANCESTRY: Minnan Hoklo (Hokkien)
CATEGORY: Singer, Songwriter, TV Host


• Jody Chiang or Jiang Hui is known as “the Queen of Taiwanese Music”
• Affectionately referred to as “Erh Jie” or Second-Sister
• She is also lovingly referred to as "the living Matsu".

Jody Chiang or Jiang Hui (Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kang Hūi), born as Jiang Shuhui (江淑惠), is a Taiwanese popular singer. She is often called the Queen of Taiwanese music. She began recording in the 1980s and maintains an active career today. Her trademark ballads and folk songs are typically sung in Taiwanese. Her role in Taiwan's popular music scene is often compared to that of Teresa Teng. Her 3 concerts in the last 5 years were sold out.


Some of the Jiang Hui popular hits with links here:- : 多明哥 Placido Domingo 雨夜花
: 暝那會這呢長

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Number 42:

Date Of Birth : -- Born and raised in Manila, Philippines
ANCESTRY: Ancestry is Minnan Hokkien from Xiamen
CATEGORY: Politician, Alameda City Council Seat


• Dr. Stewart Chen was successfully elected to the Alameda City Council.
• Chen’s ascension into a City Council seat was in January 2013.
• Chen took the third seat in the city council contest (The Alamedan)
• Dr. Stewart Chen is an Asian-American of Minnan Hokkien (Chinese) and Filipino descent
• Dr. Stewart Chen is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien (Taiwanese/Minnan)
• Chen was born in the Philippines and migrated to the US when he was a teenager
• Chen is a 3rd-generation descendant of a Chinese Minnan family from Xiamen, a major city on the southeast coast of Fujian in China.

Dr. Stewart Chen, a chiropractor had run and convincingly won for a spot on the Alameda City Council in November's 2012 elections. Stewart Chen, D.C. practices as a Chiropractor in Oakland, CA. Dr. Stewart Chen was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He came to the United States in 1979 and attended Bishop Heelan Catholic High School in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduation, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a health care professional and attended Northwest Missouri State University, where he majored in Biology. He then became fascinated with the Chiropractic discipline and transferred to the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City. It was during this time that he met his wife-to-be, Lorie, who persuaded him to move to California.

Dr. Chen moved to California and finished his Chiropractic studies at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose. After graduating in 1987, he took his State and National Board Examinations and passed them the first time through. In 1988, he and Lorie decided to settle in Alameda as a place to start a family and raise their kids. They have lived on the east end of the island for more than 20 years and both their son and daughter are products of the public school system. They believe that Alameda offers excellent public services and Dr. Chen would like to preserve and improve these for all residents to enjoy.

Through the years, Dr. Chen has been an active member of the Alameda community. He was a member of the Alameda Health Care District Board, being elected to the position in 2010. He was appointed to the City of Alameda Social Service and Human Relations Board by Mayor Ralph Appezzato in 2001 and re-appointed by Mayor Beverly Johnson in 2005. He participated in the Alameda City-wide Needs Assessment survey and played an active role in the Mayor's Fourth of July parades. He had chaired various committees and was the Second Vice Chair of the Alameda County Human Relations Commission. He also chaired Alameda Hospital Community Outreach Committee for two years and was the Treasurer of Alameda's Sister City Association (ASCA).

Beyond the City of Alameda, Dr. Chen is also involved in various organizations in the City of Oakland, such as being the Board President of the Asian Cultural Center, member of the Asian Advisory Council on Crime, president of the Madison Square Condominium Association, member of the Wasung Community Service Club, Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus, and Lions Club International.

As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Chen has been in active practice since 1987. He specializes in musculoskeletal conditions and is certified in Manipulation under Anesthesia. Dr. Chen also served as a State-appointed Qualified Medical Evaluator for the California Industrial Medical Council until 2011.

Having a rich and diverse background, Dr. Chen is fluent in many different languages, such as: Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Taiwanese (Hokkien), and Tagalog.


Interview with Stewart Chen: ... 769450.htm

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Number 43:

Date Of Birth: 8 December 1952 born in Penang, Malaysia
POJ (PE̍H-ŌE-JĪ ) NAME: Khóo Bûn-uán
ANCESTRY: Minnan Hokkien
COUNTRY: Singapore
CATEGORY: Politician, Minister


• Khaw Boon Wan is Minister for National Development in Singapore
• He is the current Chairman of the governing People's Action Party (PAP).

Khaw Boon Wan (Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Khóo Bûn-uán) is a Malaysian-born Singaporean politician. Since 2011, he has been Minister for National Development and the Chairman of the governing People's Action Party (PAP). He was previously the Minister for Health from August 2004 to May 2011. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 2001.

Khaw Boon Wan began his career in the Singapore Civil Service. He worked in the Ministry of Health and served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National University Hospital, Kandang Kerbau Women's and Children's Hospital, and the Singapore General Hospital.
From 1992 to 1995, Khaw served as the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. From 1995 to 2001, he served as the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Khaw Boon Wan received his secondary education in Chung Ling High School in Penang, Malaysia. He later attended the University of Newcastle in Australia on a Colombo Plan Scholarship and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce.



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Number 44:

DOB: 18th July 1857 born in Penang, Malaysia
DOD: 30th April 1928
POJ / Hokkien NAME: Ku Hong-beng
ANCESTRY: Minnan Hokkien from Xian’gan, Xindian, Puwei (翔安新店浦尾) (Tâng-oaⁿ-khu/同安区/ Tong’an).
COUNTRY: Penang, Malaysia
CATEGORY: Scholar, Linguist, Professor


• Gu Hongming ancestral hometown was in Xiang’an, Xindian, Puwei (翔安新店浦尾) (Ref: Xiamen Daily)

Many people do not know that Tâng-oaⁿ-khu (同安区 Tong’an) had a talented scholar whose name is Gu Hongming. Gu Hongming was born in 1857 in Penang, Malaya. According to a report by Xiamen Daily, his ancestral hometown was in Xiangan, Xindian, Puwei(翔安新店浦尾). Tâng-oaⁿ-khu is a northern mainland district of Xiamen which faces Kinmen.

Gu Hongming or Ku Hung-ming; courtesy name: Hongming; ordinary name: 湯生 in Chinese or Tomson in English) (July 18, 1857 – April 30, 1928) was a Malaysian Chinese man of letters. He also used the pen name "Amoy Ku".

Gu Hongming was born in Penang, Malaysia, the second son of a Chinese rubber plantation superintendent, whose ancestral hometown was Tâng-oaⁿ-khu (Tong'an), Fujian province, China, and his Portuguese wife. The British plantation owner was fond of Gu and took him, at age ten, to Scotland for his education. He was then known as Hong Beng (Hongming in Min Nan dialect). In 1873 he began studying Literature at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in the spring of 1877 with an M.A. He then earned a diploma in Civil Engineering at the University of Leipzig, and studied law in Paris. He returned to Penang in 1880, and soon joined the colonial Singapore civil service, where he worked until 1883. He went to China in 1885, and served as an advisor to the ranking official Zhang Zhidong for twenty years.

From 1905 to 1908, he was the director of the Huangpu River Authority (上海浚治黄浦江河道局) in Shanghai. He served in the Imperial Foreign Ministry from 1908 to 1910, then as the president of the Nanyang Public School, the forerunner of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He resigned the latter post in 1911 as a sign of his loyalty to the fallen imperial government. In 1915 became a professor at Peking University. Beginning in 1924 he lived in Japan for three years as a guest lecturer in Oriental cultures. Then he returned to live in Beijing until his death.

He was fluent in English, Chinese, German, and French, and understood Italian, Ancient Greek, Latin, Japanese and Malay. An advocate of monarchy and Confucian values, preserving his queue even after the overthrow of Qing Dynasty, Gu became a kind of cultural curiosity late in his life. Many sayings and anecdotes have been attributed to him, few of which can be attested. Literary figures as diverse as Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Somerset Maugham and Rabindranath Tagore were all drawn to visit him when they were in China. No scholarly edition of his complete works is available.

In 1885, he went to China and was invited to join the staff of Zhang Zhidong, to be in charge of western affairs. He was highly praised and entrusted with heavy responsibility. In 1905, the “Huangpu Jun Governance” in Shanghai appointed him as Superintendent. He served in the governance for three years. When Xuantong Emperor was restored, he was appointed as a “She Lang” and thereafter as a “Zoucheng” in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In January 1910, the Qing government conferred him the title of “Jinci” and in the same year, he relinquished all duties in the Foreign Affairs Ministry and assumed the post of Director of the Shanghai Nanyang College.

After the Xinhai Revolution, he pledged his loyalty to the Qing Dynasty. He gave up all his official duties and went to Beijing. In 1915, he was appointed as a professor lecturing English Literature at the Beijing University. Being a conservative, he advocated Confucianism and Taoism. During the “May 4th” Movement, he wrote many articles in English condemning the New Cultural Movement. In 1924, he accepted the invitation by Dadong Cultural Association to lecture on “Oriental Culture” in Japan for three years. During which, he went to teach in Taiwan also. In the autumn of 1927, he returned to China from Japan and died in Beijing on 30 April 1928 at the age of 72.

Gu Hongming was a talented linguist fluent in English, German, French, Latin, Greek, Italian, Malay and many other languages. In particular, he commanded exquisite skills to write and speak English, German and French eloquently. His literary works were mostly written in English and his proficiency in English language reached such a height that even the British admired him greatly. Lin Yutang had commented that in the past 200 years, none had surpassed the level of English language proficiency as that achieved by Gu Hongming.


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Number 45

Date Of Birth : 7 February 1940
CHINESE/PINYIN NAME: 陈庆炎, Chén Qìngyán
POJ / HOKKIEN NAME: Tân Khèng-iām / Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam
ANCESTRY: Minnan Hokkien
COUNTRY: Singapore
CATEGORY: Politics - President


• Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam is the current President of Singapore
• Dr. Tony Tan was sworn in as President on 1 September 2011
• In August 2011, Tan won the Singapore Presidential Election

Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam (Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tân Khèng-iām); is the 7th President of Singapore.
Until 1 July 2011, he was Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH).
He previously served as Chairman of Singapore's National Research Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council. In the late 1980s, Dr. Tony Tan was Lee Kuan Yew's first choice to succeed him as Prime Minister of Singapore, but he declined. He later returned to Cabinet and as Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 2005, and Minister for Defence from 1995 to 2003.

Tan was educated at Anglo-Chinese School, St Patrick's School and St Joseph's Institution. As a recipient of a government scholarship, he graduated with first class honours in physics from the University of Singapore (now the National University of Singapore), topping his class. As an Asia Foundation scholar, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he completed a Master of Science in operations research. He later earned a Doctor of Philosophy in applied mathematics at the University of Adelaide, and went on to lecture mathematics in the University of Singapore.


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Date Of Birth : 1527 born in Chìn-kang (Jinjiang), Chôan-chiu (Quanzhou), Fujian province .
DOD: 1602
ANCESTRY: Minnan Hokkien from Chìn-kang (Jinjiang), Chôan-chiu (Quanzhou), Fujian, China
COUNTRY: Chìn-kang (Jinjiang), Chôan-chiu (Quanzhou), Fujian, China
CATEGORY: Philosopher, Historian & Writer


• Li Zhi (李贽/ 李贄 /Lǐ Zhì, 1527–1602),
• Li Zhi is also often referred to by his courtesy name Zhuowu (卓吾)
• Li Zhi was a “prominent Chinese philosopher, historian and writer” of the late Ming dynasty.
• A critic of the Neo-Confucianist views espoused by Zhu Xi, which was then the orthodoxy of the Ming government,
• His philosophical works included ”A Book to Hide” and “Fen shu (焚書 A Book to Burn)”.
• Li Zhi was persecuted and committed suicide in prison.

Li Zhi was born Chìn-kang (Jinjiang), Chôan-chiu (Quanzhou), Fujian, China. His ancestor by seven generations was Li Nu, the son of Li Lu, a maritime merchant. Li Nu visited Hormuz in Persia in 1376, converted to Islam upon marriage to a Persian (the descendant of a Persian woman whom his seventh-generation ancestor married) or an Arab girl, and brought her back to Chôan-chiu (Quanzhou). However, the new faith did not take root in his lineage and the family stopped practising Islam during the time of his grandfather. His father made a living by teaching, and Li Zhi was therefore educated from an early age.

Li Zhi philosophy was based upon Neo-Confucianism. Strongly disagreeing with assimilating oneself to conventional behavior, Li Zhi tried to spread his ideas. He can be seen as having been influenced by Wang Yangming (1472-1529), and he preached a form of moral relativism. He denied that women were inferior to men. However, he was accused for his attempt to spread "dangerous ideas" along with other guilts by Zhang Wenda and was ultimately jailed.

In 1566, Li Zhi served in the Ministry of Rites in Beijing, where he became learned in Yangmingism as well as Buddhist thought. Li Zhi was then assigned as a prefect in Yunnan in 1577, but left his post three years later. After this, Li Zhi took up a teaching post in Hubei on the invitation of Geng Dingli, but was attacked as a heretic by Dingli's brother, the scholar and official Geng Dingxiang, and eventually moved to Macheng. In 1588, Li Zhi took the tonsure and became a Buddhist monk, but did not follow the ascetic lifestyle of other monks. Two years later, his work “A Book to Hide” was printed.

Li Zhi travelled during the 1590s, visiting Jining and Nanjing, where he met with Matteo Ricci and discussed the differences between Buddhist and Catholic thought. Returning to Macheng in 1600, he was again forced to leave after attacks from the local magistrate for his philosophical views.

In 1602, after being accused of deceiving society with heretical ideas by Zhang Wenda and other officials of the Censorate, Li Zhi was arrested and imprisoned, where he committed suicide. He committed suicide in prison in 1602. After his death, Li Zhi was buried in Tongzhou, where his grave still remains.


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Post by Pier »

Wishing all readers/visitors of Prominent Minnan People thread and Minnan Language Forum “Keong Hi Huat Chai" in the coming Chinese Lunar New Year of Horse on 31 January 2014. Thank you.

New Year 2014 Greeting in Hokkien 2014年新年閩南語祝賀

Chinese New Year Song - (Hokkien)

贺新年 - HOKKIEN NEW YEAR HYMN ... nua5r9t035

CNY Greeting using Taiwanese Hokkien Song

Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) Family Traditions celebrated in China (in Mandarin with ENglish subtitles)

Eu Yan Sang "Chinese New Year 2013" TV150s Hokkien

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014 Street Light-Up (Singapore)
- Usher in the prosperous Year of the Horse with 88 illuminated lantern scuptures of horses galloping towards prosperity and countless gold coins suspended along the street.

Kiong Hie Kue Sin Nie

Kiong Hie Huat Chai

Kiong Hie Sin Nie

Xiao Feng Feng(Joyce Lim) - 小鳳鳳 - 新年歌 - 新年

Hokkien New Year (Jade Emperor Birthday) - 9th Day of The Lunar New Year Period)

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Post by Pier »

Wishing Everyone in "The Hokkien (Minnan) language” Forum,

"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2015.
聖誕節快樂! sèng-tàn-chiat khoài-lo̍k!
新年快樂! sin-nî khoài-lo̍k!"
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Post by Pier »

Hi, Brother & Sisters,

sin-nî khoài-lo̍k!
hoan-gêng lī-khòng-it-ngó͘ nî!

Happy New Year!
Welcome Year 2015!