Tang Hao – remembering your ancestors

One of the most common things you will see when entering a Chinese family’s home is a big plague on top of the front door with 2 Chinese characters proudly embossed on them. What is that you might ask? In fact, some of the older pre-war homes today still has that while the more modern homes would no longer practice them.

Pregnancy and Chinese customs

As the Chinese are generally a superstitious community, there are certain so-called ‘guidelines’ during pregnancy. This is considered to be very important and crucial because if the traditions are not followed, it might risk giving birth to an ‘abnormal’ child.

The Chinese Kopitiam

The Chinese Kopitiam is a common eatery in Malaysia. The word Kopitiam is typically a Hokkien/ Teochew word that comes from 2 words, namely Kopi and Tiam. Kopi is obviously the local word for Coffee while Tiam means shop. So put together, it means Coffee Shop. While coffee shops in the west could mean a place for drinking coffee or tea and cakes, in the Chinese community, it takes an entirely different definition.

Education for Malaysian Chinese

In Malaysia, public education is provided for all citizens regardless of race, religion and background and are funded by the government. There are generally 2 types of national schools in the country namely national schools where they use Bahasa Malaysia (National Language) as the main medium of

Malaysian Chinese demographics

The Chinese community is the second largest ethnic group in Malaysia after the Malays. It was reported in 1835 when the British Malay states showed that the Chinese makes up 8 percent of the total population of the states where they are mainly congregated around the Straits Settlements.