My dad is a member of Kheng Zai Yeo Clan Association. It is an association for Hainan Chinese under the surname of Yang.
Hainanese is a Chinese dialect spoken in Hainan Island of China. The people of Hainan, known as Hainanese or Hainan people, originate from Hainan Island, the southernmost and smallest Chinese province.
I am, of cos, a Hainanese. However, I do not know how to speak or understand the dialect. To me, it’s a complicated language since young.
My father is a pure Hainanese. His parents are native Hainan people. So is he. He came to a Singapore when he was a child.
Sad to say, my father is the only one in my family who speaks Hainanese. He communicates this dialect with people from Kheng Zai Yeo Clan Association. In Hainanese, the surname Yang in Chinese, is pronounced as Yeo. The association is comprised of people who are Hainanese with surname Yeo.
The association has a yearly gathering dinner in Qian Xi group restaurants during every Chinese New Year on a Saturday. There will be Lo Hei and a 8 course dinner.
This year, the dinner was held at Fond Garden Restaurant, instead of the usual Qian Xi Restaurant at Paya Lebar. Although Fond Garden is under the group of Qian Xi, the food and service is not as good as Qian Xi.
I normally love the dessert at all Chinese dinner. The dessert is always served last. Normally, the yearly dinner dessert is the yam paste.
But we had fun! There were people singing karaoke and Alyssa was busy dancing. And we had Asher joining us this year.