Two families leave China 100 years ago, This is a journal recording their passage, their so-journ in Borneo and then on to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, England and beyond. A fascinating account of how time and place have changed the members.
A Press conference was held, for the Sibu-born author Ann Chin
Kit Suet to promote her three books, which was held at Ximply Chriz Café
in Regent Square, Kiulap yesterday.
who is an English teacher, teaching English as a second language to
immigrant children at Point Chevalier School, New Zealand, wrote three
books; Diary of a Bereaved Mother; From China To Borneo & Beyond and
Mail Order Bride which were launched October 12 in Sibu, Sarawak.
first book, Diary of a Bereaved Mother, is her autobiography and
written journey of knowing her newborn child did not have long to live
to eventually losing her child and how she coped after.
The book propelled her into public speaking, which she did to share her experience with other bereaved parents.
China To Borneo and Beyond was her second autobiography book, which is a
hundred year old journal of two Families, the Chans and the Kongs. The
book contains records of historical events and current affairs endured
by her family from 1907 to 2006 such as the Opium war, virgin tropical
jungle, the Japanese World War, colonial days, revelation and fighting
with the communists.
third book, Mail Order Bride is the first fiction piece from Ann. She
said that the book targets an audience of young adults and that it
appeals readers interested in social issues and ills that young adults
have to face.
said that she has been writing since she was little and the people, who
motivated her to write were her late father and her former history
teacher during her days in Methodist Secondary School Sibu, Dato Sri
Wong Soon Koh, who is now the Minister of Local Government and Community
Development in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Sri Wong Soon Koh, once brought books by Han Suyin into class and I was
amazed that a Chinese born author can write English books. This
inspired me to pursue my career as a writer," she said.
is also very active in charity work such as setting up funds to support
deaf children in Kenya and the NTU Wives funding for separation
operations of conjoined twins.
also said that money from book sales of Diary of a Bereaved Mother go
to Sands New Zealand which is a parent-run, non-profit groups supporting
families who have experienced the death of their child.
didn't write my book "Diary of a Bereaved Mother" to make money, I
wrote it to help people, but all the publicity eventually propelled me
into public speaking", she said.
asked on her future plans, she said, "I will try to write more fiction
in the future, and with the leftover material for 'From China To Borneo
and Beyond' book, I might just write a sequel of the book."
books can be found in Sarawak Community Library's, Auckland public
Library's in New Zealand and in New South Wales Librarys in Australia.
Her books are priced at $35 each, $60 for two books and $90 for three books.
purchases and enquiries, the public can contact Wong Ngie Sek, the
Director of Aptbility Trading Company at 8720255 or email at