You can be asked this question in your Form Five Oral English Examination as a warming up activity before the real exams start.
How would you answer it?
These were some of the answers I obtained when I was an Oral English Examiner:
"In a long boat."
"In the padi field."
"In the longhouse."
"In a bus."
"In an aeroplane."
"In the hospital."
The last answer would be typical of those born in the 50's and 60's when we were trained by our teachers to answer "In which town were you born?"
And this brings me back to the time of Jesus when the Jews had to be born in their ancestors' villages and also return to their home town for registration.
This also applied to the Chinese and Koreans during the many regimes of their history...Children had to be born in their parents' hometown to facilitate demographic documentation.
Today with all the modern mobility and technology one can be born any where in the world. No doubt one day we could even have children born in MARS - another planet.
|Many of my FB friends were born here - People's Maternity Clinic. The first private Maternity Clinic in Sibu operated by Mrs. Koh Yik Keng or Madam Wong the eldest daughter of Dr. Wong Chii Hua of Tong San Road.|
|Many were born here. It is also possible that many Sibu-ians had three generations born in the same hospital (The Lau King Howe Hospital) This hospital was closed when the Sibu Government Hospital was constructed in Oya Road in the 1980's. It was very inconvenient at first for the downriver and upriver people who came by boat but in a way the geographical factors or obstacles were removed when the Rajang was not longer used as the main means of transportation. Today at extra costs every could DRIVE or TAKE the bus to the Sibu Hospital. I still remember many people rowed their boats to the LKH and carried their sick and their very pregnant relatives to the hospital. Hospital orderlies were ever so helpful then in helping these humble people up the jelutong or jetty.|
|Advertisement in Chinese - People's Maternity Clinic of Sibu (a scanned photo of a 1960 photo which is very faded)|
|another popular private clinic - Tai Tong operated by a company which employed two dedicated midwives - Madam Maria Wong and Madam Marian Wong. The father of the two sisters was the popular Foochow doctor Dr. Wong Chi Hua.|
I have no photo of the Lau Fong Fei Maternity Clinic where two of my children were born.
Perhaps one day I would be able to get better photos for you.
One of my school mates had easy birth and two of her children were too excited to see the world. They both arrived in their father's Mercedes. So they could have answered the question :where were you born?"
Answer :"In a Mercedes."