Monday, February 14, 2005

A rose by any other...

So on the fifth day, my dad decided to go to his clan for a new year gathering. I decided to go along since I've never been inside before. To join the clan, you won't be discriminated because of your gender, your salary, your religion, your educational level, the colour of your skin, the languages you speak, or whether you're married or single. But there's only one restriction; you have to have Yen/Gan as your surname. Living in Singapore for the past couple of decades, I believe I've only met one single person with the same surname as me. It was shocking to come here and see 200 people with the same family name. Look, there's no inherently good reason why they should all be assembled under the same roof. It just happens that they have the same name! So what happens if you don't have this surname? Well, say if you're a Lee, or a Chen, there's another clan just for you right round the corner... Therein lies the dilemma. What happens when you want to join another clan? Let's say there's a pretty girl in the Wu (Tang) clan, and you wanna join for obvious reasons. You can't. You are stopped by a single technicality. You were born in the wrong family and adopted the wrong name. However, the situation can be rectified by a quick trip to your lawyer to have your name changed. Maybe the West could adopt a similar thing. The most popular English surname seems to be Smith. So there can be a Smith clan. All Agents are eligible for membership too. I'm not sure whether the clan would be hit by some class action suit arguing discrimination against potential members. I guess one needed take it too seriously. It's supposed to be a fun thing! More pictures here.

4 comments:

JulAngel said...

LOL.. wah i've never heard of such a thing.. so its there a Leung clan??? I
I'll be going there man.. but i'm not singaporean! =(
i wanna see wat its like..
u'd be in a place where everyone's surname is the same.. so i guess u wont have to guess their surname..

and i'd prob have to change my surname alot then! ahha.. according to ur example that is.

Ali said...

That is by far one of the weirdest things I've ever heard.

I already have a 'Chan clan' (heh, sounds funny).. my extended family is so big, that we really should rent out a hall or something!

And why is Yen and Gan together? Not enough people with one last name, so they had to join forces?

jeffyen said...

Amy, sure, there's a clan just for you! LOL

http://sfcca.org.sg/neoclan/lianxi.htm

More clans at http://www.sfcca.org.sg/Member/ZQ.htm

Alison, the Chinese pronunciation of 颜 is 'yen/yan'. However, the dialect Hokkien/Fujian pronunciation is 'gan'. So they aren't joining forces, they're refering to the same thing haha...

Is your surname 陈?

Ali said...

陈... yeah that's my surname. Hey man, I can actually read...