Hsieh Yung-kuan

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Cheah Meng Chi (謝夢池) or Cheah Choon Seng or Tjia Tjoen Sen(謝春生) or Hsie Yung Kuang (謝榮光), a Hakka from Meixian, Guangdong, China, was Chinese Vice Consul in Penang from 1895–1903 and from 1906-1907. He was a founding director of the Deli Bank in Medan, Indonesia.[1] Born in 1848 in Pontianak, Dutch East Indies. He was a contractor of provisions and foodstuffs to the Dutch Government for eight years before moving to Kota Raja or Banda Acheh on the east coast of Sumatra where, in addition to those existing contracts he obtained fresh contracts for the construction of railroads and for opium and other revenue farms. He was appointed Lieutenant China, which he held for twenty-one years after which he was made Captain China. The Dutch Government conferred on him the Gold Star for "Trouw en Verdienste" and with a gold medal for outstanding contributions to them. Around 1898 he relinquished management of his business interests there, handing them over to the management of his attorney, Mr. Leong Mok On, and moved to Penang where he lived at No. 8, Leith Street. He was appointed Chinese Vice-Consul to Penang, a position that was taken up by his son-in-law, Mr. Leong Fee, upon his resignation. He had interests in the Tambun mines in Perak and the Bentong mines near Kuala Lumpur. He was a member of the Penang Chinese Town Hall committee. He married the daughter of the Mayor of Pontianak, Mr. Chong Hi.[2][3][4] Together with Cheong Fatt Tze, Leong Fee(梁輝, Zhang Yao Xuan(張耀軒, and Foo Choo Choon(胡子春), he founded the Chung Hua School(中華學校 or 中華學堂, the first modern Chinese school in Malaya teaching in Mandarin.[5] Cheah Choon Seng died on 4 February 1916.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 近代中國駐外領事與海外華人社會領袖角色的遞換-以駐檳榔嶼副領事謝榮光(1895-1907)爲例 (The Modern-China Consulate Abroad and the Transformation of Leadership in Overseas Chinese Community: A Case Study of the Vice Consul in Penang, Hsieh Yung Kuang (1895-1907)) by 張曉威(Siou-Wei Chong)
  2. ^ Twentieth Century impressions of British Malaya: its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources, by Arnold Wright, Published 1908; p. 770
  3. ^ YAP THIAM HIEN AND ACEH by Daniel S. Lev published by Indonesia 82 (October 2006)
  4. ^ Historical Personalities of Penang By Historical Personalities of Penang Committee, Published by Historical Personalities of Penang Committee, 1986; p. 40
  5. ^ Re-examination of the “Chinese nationalism” and Categorization of the Chinese in Malaya: The Case of the Chinese in Penang, 1890s-1910s by SHINOZAKI Kaori, Ph.D. student, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences University of Tokyo Email: kaoris@pd.jaring.my presented at The Penang Story – International Conference 2002; 18–21 April 2002, The City Bayview Hotel, Penang, Malaysia organised by The Penang Heritage Trust & STAR Publications
  6. ^ Estate of Cheah Choon Seng, deceased in The Malayan Law Journal By Bashir Ahmad Mallal Published by Malaya Pub. House Ltd, 2007; p. 10

See also[edit]

  • Chinese Electronic Periodical Services (CEPS) search results on Hsieh Yung Kuang
  • Syair Pangeran Syarif By Arena Wati, Sultan Matan Published by Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 1989; p. 65
  • Hua qiao yu Sun Zhongshan xian sheng ling dao di guo min ge ming xue shu yan dao hui lun wen ji By Xizhe Zhang, 張希哲, Sanjing Chen, 陳三井, Hua qiao xie hui Zong hui, Zhong yang yan jiu yuan Jin dai shi yan jiu suo Published by Guo shi guan, 1997; p. 376
  • Chinese Business in the Making of a Malay State, 1882-1941: Kedah and Penang By Wu Xiao An, Xiao An Wu Published by RoutledgeCurzon, 2003; ISBN 0-415-30176-9, ISBN 978-0-415-30176-3
  • The Penang Po Leung Kuk: Records and Recollections (1889–1934): Chinese Women, Prostitution & a Welfare Organisation By Neil Jin Keong Khor, Keat Siew Khoo, Izrin Muaz Md. Adnan Published by Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2004; p. 59
  • The Directory & Chronicle for China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China, Straits Settlements, Malay States, Siam, Netherlands India, Borneo, the Philippines, &c -1874 Published by The Hong Kong Daily Press Office, 1899; p 473
  • Memories of a Nonya By Queeny Chang Published by Eastern Universities Press, 1981; p. 21
  • A peek into Hakka heritage By CHOONG KWEE KIM, The Star, Wednesday August 16, 2006