Life is filled with choices. But there is one thing we cannot choose, and that is our family : Alex Yam says

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Life is filled with choices. But there is one thing we cannot choose, and that is our family. It is in our family that we first form relationships even before our first friendships are forged; it is within the family that we find refuge and comfort.

In our Asian culture, the family plays a central role in defining our identity. To forget it is to be like kacang lupa kulit, or literally a nut that forgets its shell. Yet, it is often within the comfort of family that conflicts also arise. The over-protectiveness of parents, the urge for freedom by children, the responsibility of bearing the family’s reputation.

Karya 2012 brings out the fullness of the dilemma of family in “Sayang Anak Ku Sayang” and challenges us to think deeply about how we relate to our own families. At the end of it, we will hopefully come to the same conclusion that water cannot be sliced apart, and families like lotus roots are always stuck together.

I wish Karya 2012 every success and congratulate the Yew Tee MAEC and Aspirasi Dance Group team for an excellent performance at Republic Polytechnic!

Biduk lalu kiambang bertaut kembali.

 

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