Your Surname Matters – Khoo Kongsi, Clan Jetties

Reblogged this from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 20 Dec 2013
Original content on this blog returns: 2 April 2018

The Heartlander Tourist

There is a saying in Chinese culture, if you have the same surname, you were from the same family 500 years ago (五百年前是一家). Surnames played as important a role as bloodlines in Chinese culture. So when the Chinese moved they looked after their own bloodlines/surname groups.

This is a slight variation from the dialect groups (an even more distinct variation), clan associations such as the Ngee Ann Kongsi. In fact these are more fine distinctions since such clan organizations take care of the those with the same surname from the same dialect group and province.

How did they take care of you?

One example is the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi at 18 Cannon Square.

Georgetown 15It is the most elaborate clan house. All the Khoos here come from the Sin Kang clan village. The central temple is at the heart of a little village which used to include housing for…

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