蒋先生是在1950年，朝鲜半岛发生内战的那一年， 在中国福建省同安县马巷的曾林村出世的。 就如所有新生儿一样， 他对自己的命运一无所知， 后来取名‘援朝’。
为他取名的，不是他的父亲， 而是一名驻扎在他家乡的解放军 。当天，该解放军经过他家门前，得知这宝宝还未取名，而看到一幅门联写着‘抗美援朝，保家卫国’，就建议为他命名‘援朝’。
在时间许可时，援朝尽力参与会馆活动。虽然深知会馆要吸引年轻人不容易，不过，援朝还是认为，应为正在求学的会员或其子女 ，开办由会馆津贴的补习班，以协助及改进他们的学业；从而吸引年轻会员来会馆聚首。长远来说，对吸收年轻会员加入会馆应该会有一定的帮助。‘真的不容易。我们需要热心的年轻人参加会馆活动。而我们也需要更多愿意对会馆作出贡献的会员。’ 援朝深有感触说。
The man ‘in aid of Korea’
This Singaporean knew nothing about his fate when he was born to the Chiang family in Zenglin Village, Fujian province MaXiang District, Tong An county in China in 1950, the year the Korea war broke out. He was later named ‘in aid of Korea’.
The name was given by a man, not his father, but a People’s Liberation Army soldier who happened to pass by his house. The soldier saw a scroll on the door frame which read ‘fight America, aid Korea’. He then suggested the boy should be named ‘in aid of Korea’.
That was how Mr Chiang Wan Tiau got his name. The Vice Head of Public Relations at the Tung Ann District Guild moved to Singapore at the age of 9 with his family. Contrary to his name, he has never set foot on the North Korea soil although his business did bring him to South Korea.
As the Managing Director of a long-time machinery company East Asia Trading with businesses in Malaysia, Thailand, China and Indonesia, Mr Chiang is always on the move. To de-stress, he shares humorous emails with friends and contacts.
To many Tung Ann District Guild members, they may not have met Mr Chiang, but many have received emails from him. Receiving Mr Chiang’s emails is always a pleasure as the jokes he sends out always bring a smile if not laughter that never fails to perk up the soul.
‘Emails are not that invasive, anyone not wanting to receive those emails can always alert me, but so far there’s none.’ said Mr Chiang.
Just like the effect of his emails, the father of two twin girls and a boy always never forgets to smile when he sees you. The gentleman is ever so courteous and patient, never one to loose his temper.
It is not that he is not under any pressure. Whenever possible, Mr Chiang goes hiking with his family to de-stress. His nature walks bring him to places like Kent Ridge, Changi Point Coastal Walk, Bukit Timah Hill, Pilau Ubin Chek Jawa,Southern Ridges, McRitchie Reservoir and Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve, just to name a few.
‘Hiking not only helps me to de-stress, it also helps me to bond with my family’ said Mr Chiang. ‘Also, the fresh air and oxygen from plants and trees I take in always make me more alert.’ Besides such benefits of hiking, Mr Chiang also enjoys spotting wild animals like squirrels, monitor lizards and birds which cross his path.
On days that he does not go hiking, Mr Chiang spends his time at Tung Ann District Guild. Acknowledging the difficulties in recruiting young members, Mr Chiang feels that starting a subsidized tuition class for young members may help gather youngsters, and in the long run, attract these youngsters to participate in clan activities.
‘It’s never easy. We need enthusiastic young people to join the clan, we need people who are willing to devote, more so than people who possess skills and knowledge but not able to devote their service.’ said Mr Chiang.