I was born in
1971,in a small town called Kuala Lipis in Malaysia.A river
basic where two rivers meet,the Sungai Lipis and Sungai Jelai.‘Kuala’
means river basic.Many towns in Malaysia bear the name ‘Kuala’,for
example Kuala Lumpur.
am the second generation of Malaysian Chinese.My grandparents
migrated from south-eastern part of China,Guangdong in particular
to Malaya at the turn of the century.Just like those Germans
in Romania.At home in Malaysia,I spoke our dialects at home,went
to Chinese kindergartens and Chinese primary schools. However,we
have a common system for all secondary schools which Malay as
the teaching language.Besides, we have our own newspapers, TV
and radio programmes.The Native Malays, Chinese, Indians and
Eurasians are some of the major ethnic groups that contributes
to the unique multi-racial society of this country. Now I live
in Germany since 1999, in Gelsenkirchen.
was born in 1964,in a town called Timisoara in Romania.Being
an ethnic German he speaks German at home, went to German kindergarten
and graduated from a German high school.How did his great grandparents
ended up in this part of Romania?In the 1700s they took a boat
ride down along the famous Danube river,seeking for a new piece
of fresh farmland.They came to settled down in this Banat area,which
was then belonged to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.There were
so many of,in the end many German villages were formed.His father's
family comes from a small village nearby Timisoara, calles Stamora.
His mother's family, the Krischer, come from the mountain village
of Dognatschka / Dognecea, nearby Resita / Reschitza.
A very interesting fact about
Romania is it's multi-cultures and peoples.There were native Romanians,
Hungarians, Germans, Serbs, Croats, Bosnian, Russians, Macedonians,
Turks, Gypsies and a few more...The Germans as well as the Serbs
and the Hungarians have their own schools,newspaper and TV or
Radio programmes.Besides Romanian as the national language,everyone
else was free to speak and learn their mother tongue.They lived
in harmony.Joe and his family migrated to Germany in 1988.
a bit about himself...
Just recently while reading latest National Geographic Magazine
I was looking at a photo showing one person in the foreground
and a large group of people in the background...after some time
looking at the photo I realised that I was not looking at the
one person in the foreground-the one the story in the magazine
was about - but at all these nameless faces in the background...trying
to read in their face,to read their untold story...I can spend
hours sitting somewhere just watching people around me...trying
to read in their faces...trying to find out who they are,who they
might be , or might want to be-and who they will be someday.
How we met
and how all this happened...is a longer story.Want to find out
more about it...? Check it out...