援助朝鲜’的男子—第39届福利股长蒋援朝
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援助朝鲜’的男子—第39届福利股长蒋援朝

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’。 

蒋援朝是同安会馆交际股副股长。他是在九岁那一年同家人移居新加坡。虽然名为援朝,但他却从未涉足朝鲜,而由于生意需要,他倒是曾前往南韩。

援朝是拥有悠久历史的东亚洋行的董事。其主要生意是经销多类机械及全套生产设备给各种制造业,如电缆制造业(包括光缆),塑胶业及纺织业等。公司分行遍及马来西亚、泰国、中国和印尼。日理万机,经常来往于东亚和东南亚,援朝面对的压力也不小。而他就是靠网络上的笑话给自己解压。

好些会员可能没见过援朝,但收过他的笑料电邮的会员应该不少。‘发电邮,对方可以在空闲时才看。那些不想收取电邮的朋友,可以回电邮通知我。’援朝说。 

就象笑料电邮带给人欢乐,援朝脸上总是挂着令人舒畅的微笑。身为两个孪生姐妹和一个儿子的父亲,援朝的另一个解压方式,就是和家人一起健行。肯特岗、樟宜码头海边步行道、武吉知马山、乌敏岛仄爪哇、南部山脊、麦里芝蓄水池、双溪兀洛等自然保护区,都可以看到他的踪迹。 

‘健行不只帮忙舒解压力,也可以促进家庭凝聚力。况且,树木花草散发出来的氧气,叫人心旷神怡。’除了保健养生,援朝也喜欢观赏沿途的风景和动物,包括不知名的鸟儿,奇花异草,及参天古树,小动物如松鼠以及不经意遇见的大蜥蜴。 

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.