Tanjung Rhu by Minfong Ho

Synopsis: click here to watch a video

1) Simple yet profound story
2) This short story is about a successful man who forgets his roots as a kampong boy in  Tanjung Rhu and realises the importance and how much he misses it after his mother’s death
3) Relationship between Mr T.W Li, a rich businessman and Ah Ma, his mother
4) Mr Li has his office at Shenton Way and is modern in ways and ideas
5) Ah ma is traditional with strong religious beliefs and practices ancestor worship
6) The day after Ah Ma’s funeral, Mr Li recalls the day he told his mother about using binoculars or see far glasses
7) Is also looks at the conflict, struggle and tension between modern and traditional society in Singapore through the realtionship between Mr. T.W Li and his mother
8) Based on this short story Tanjung Rhu Form 4 Literature, Mr Li feels regret for the way jhe treats Ah ma after this mother falls ill and later passes away
9) He never pays much attention to this mother’s stories about the past and realizes a little too late that most of his questions remained unanswered
10) Mr Li promises to fulfil her last wish but is unable to find the key

Plot: please watch this video

Theme:

Traditional habit versus current patterns which is this short story focusing on Singaporean Chinese life which contrast in terms of traditional and modern.

Moral Values:

1) Although we live in modern world, we must not forget our traditional values
2) We must learn to appreciate people while we can
3) Money cannot buy everything
4) Learn to respect and tolerate each other
5) We should consider and accept changes in our lives and progress with the time
6) We should always voice out our feelings especially if we want to express feelings of love for a family member especially an old parent.

 

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