Bahai News - Posthumous gift for Uncle Yankee
Posthumous gift for Uncle Yankee
IPOH, Sun. - While most children showered their guardians with messages of
love and gifts on Father's Day, freelance journalist Rose Ong celebrated
the occasion on a different note.
She launched a book about her late father Yan Kee Leong, fondly known as
Uncle Yankee among friends and relatives at the Royal Ipoh Club today.
About 250 people, some from as far as Singapore, were present to witness
the launch which also coincided with the commemoration of the 15th
anniversary of Yankee's passing.
Yankee, who passed away at his daughter's residence in Canning Garden here
at age of 87, was a noted cartoonist and his works appeared regularly in
the Straits Times and Times of Malaya from the 30s.
Ong, who currently lives in Singapore, said the book, A Journey with Uncle
Yankee, tells the story of her father in search of the elusive truth and
the indomitable spirit that guided him.
"I undertook to write the book last year because I was inspired to do so.
Moreover, I also closely followed key developments in the later part of his
life," said Ong, 77, who has been contributing articles to the New Straits
Times over the last 10 years.
Ong said she felt it was apt to launch the book in Ipoh since he died here
and had many friends and relatives.
Yankee, born in Ampang, Selangor, in 1899 was an apprentice chemist
(pharmacist) in a prestigious dispensary in Singapore but later moved to
Malacca where he made a name for himself as cartoonist.
During the Second World War, he had to seek refuge in his mother's rubber
estate in Titi, Jelebu, in Negri Sembilan, because of his anti-Japanese
His interest in universal brotherhood and the oneness of mankind was
reflected in his paintings and cartoons.
A well-known personality among members of the Bahai community in peninsular
Malaysia, Yankee served the faith in various capacities until his death.
The hard cover book is sold at RM30 each.
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