Thursday, October 26, 2006
What is Cultural Preservation?
I attended a graduation ceremony at the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi last year. The 'Pai Choh' or paying respect to our anchestors' ceremony is held every year to enable graduates from the Khoo clan to pay their respect and gratitude to the anchestors. This is a Confucius tradition.
In an interview with the Star, I mentioned that it is essential for us to keep our tradition alive so that the clanhouse will not only survive as a historical site. The Khoo clan's culture and traditions must survive with the current and future generations of Khoo families.
An article in the Star on the Khoo Kongsi
Wednesday July 19, 2006
Forensic officer to help clanhouse
HOW could forensic work be relevant to the operations of a clanhouse?
Universiti Sains Malaysia graduate Khoo Lay See, 26, said forensic investigation does not only concern dead bodies but also documents and signature examinations to ascertain authenticity or forgery.
Examination of documents and cheques is perhaps one way that I could contribute to the Khoo Kongsi, she said while welcoming the formation of the Khoo Graduates' Association.
The scientific forensic officer at Kuantan's Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan said through the graduates' association, younger clansmen could start learning about clan management as they would eventually take over from the senior management.
Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng, executive director of Sedar (Socio-economic Development and Research), said networking via the graduates association would keep the clan dynamic and alive.
"A clan is about people and should not just be turned into a historical artefact for tourists to come and see," said Kay Peng, 32, who obtained his Masters in Inter-national Relations in 2004 from Warwick University.