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Children of The Monkey God

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Author: F.S.Choo
Publish: Third Millennium Publishing
Type: Biography
Date: 2009
Number of pages: 263
ISBN:193480522X 9781934805220


F.S.Choo grew up in a traditional Chinese Hakka family in Sarawak, Malaysia at a time when it was administered by British colonial rule. Written in the gentle style of his native culture, he charts and reveals a fascinating world beginning with his great grandfather’s migration from China to West Kalimantan, Borneo in the early 1850’s; his life as a gold miner and his connection to the mysterious Kongsi, a unique self-governing democratic organization that flourish until the mid 1800’s when it came into conflict with Dutch colonial rule and White Rajahs of Sarawak, Borneo.

Covering a period of 115 years, 1850-1965, Children of The Monkey God deals with the experience of four generations of a Chinese family in Sarawak. Candid and at times humorous, satirical and controversial, it vividly captures life at the crossroads of change in the 1950’s and ‘60’s when the sun was setting on the colonial era. It conveys to the reader the multilayered cultural influences of British colonialism, the burgeoning American pop-scene, and that of the different Chinese dialect groups. It offers a fascinating insight into some of the social, cultural and religious beliefs and practices of a world that is fast disappearing and seldom seen by westerners.




F.S.Choo is a retired UK-trained Barrister-at-law, born in Sarawak, Malaysia. He was a legal practitioner in Brunei from 1974 to 1987. He migrated to Perth, Western Australia in the middle of 1987 together with his wife and three daughters where they have remained since then. He never took up legal practice again, having lost the passion for it in Brunei. He then involved himself in a few small business ventures in Perth and Malaysia for a while as well as helping his wife in her homeopathic and kinesiology practice. He considers Children of The Monkey God to be a labor of love and is fiercely passionate in his desire to share this family story with the rest of the world.


Map 1: China and Southeast Asia
Map 2: Northwest Sarawak and West Kalimantan

The Great Grandfather
Children of The Monkey God
The Grandparents
Country Visits
Town Life
Street Friends & Classmates
Ghosts, Demons & Monsters
Witchcraft and Witch Doctors

Author Biography