The book was first shown to the public last week when it was published by the Borneo Publishing Company of Sibu at the World Foochow Association's Cultural Gallery in Salim Road. Teng Yeh Fang and Ting Mei Li are the Gallery Supervisor and Assistant Supervisors. The Gallery showcases Sibu Foochow Community's history and cultural artifacts. The Honorary Curator of the Gallery is Tiong Yong Ching who is himself an artist and businessman.
this book was sponsored by World Foochow Association and was therefore launched on 19th Nov during a special ceremony in Miri where the 3 in l Celebration of World Foochow and Malaysian Foochow together with Sarawak Foochow Associations' Anniversaries are concurrently held over the weekend. Miri is thus overflowing with Foochow tourists from all over the world these few days.
the launching of the book was very low profile with Tan Sri Jimmy Lau cutting a ribbon after two speeches were made. Foochows are more famous for the making of big fortunes than for literary pursuits.
I hope this historical effort will auger well for future bilingual publications from Sibu!!
Many book lovers have already shown support by buying several copies and getting the authors to sign!!