法國 李永慶
南非 莊英漢 范房城 賴興松 黃清男 黃坤發 鍾定新 黃俊僑
德國 高晴宏 黃文國
英國 溫文煌
捷克 陳朝煌
西班牙 黎萬棠 陳文楠
荷蘭 賴志剛
模里西斯 侯明明 朱長淼
奧地利 張春娟 劉德龍
肯亞 陳發
 
 
 











 

Sir Moilin Jean Ah-Chuen was the pride of the Hakka community in Mauritius. He was not only the first Mauritian from the Chinese community to be selected as a member of the Legislative council but was also knighted by the Queen Elizabeth II and decorated by Pope John Paul II. Having received such prestigious distinction and honor, Sir Moilin Jean Ah-Chuen was undoubtedly the most renowned Chinese figure in the history of Mauritius and he represented the accomplishments of the Hakka in the nation. With so many charitable acts and achievements Sir Moilin Jean Ah-Chuen has been known for, Vincent always has revered his father with pride and respect. “Although all of our family members have moved elsewhere, in order to commemorate my father, we have decided to turn our house in Rose Hill into a Memorial Center in the hopes of allowing more people to learn about him,” Vincent added.

When speaking about the Sir Moilin Jean Ah-Chuen Memorial Center, Vincent couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with emotion. With all his siblings residing abroad, Sir Moilin Jean Ah-Chuen’s former residence has been neglected for many years. Incidentally, Vincent’s youngest daughter (who majored in architecture in New York and has been inspired by some of the memorial halls she has visited abroad) came up with the idea to restore the family’s old home in Mauritius. The task turned out to be easier said than done: the preparations for the construction of the memorial hall were nothing short of tedious and Vincent’s other siblings were not able to return to Mauritius to help with the project on short notice. And thus, Vincent used his own spare time from work to gather antique furniture and photographs from the house and even sought help from Taiwanese renovator to build and import specific parts from Taiwan to repair the damaged ceiling in the foyer. It took Vincent three years to gradually restore their former residence, little by little.

“I was thinking of holding the inauguration ceremony for the memorial center on November 11, which was my father’s birthday, in 2009. But considering that many of my family members would not be able to make it back for the reunion at the time, I thought I would instead choose a date during the summer vacation so that everyone could come back to take a look at the place. And so, I chose to open the memorial center on August 12. After having sent out all the invitations, I received a call from my eldest brother, asking if I had chosen the date deliberately. I then realized August 12 was the date that my father held his 81st birthday celebration.” Recalling the details of this coincidence during the preparation of the memorial center’s opening, Vincent felt tremendously grateful toward his father for blessing the family even after he had parted from this world.

On the day of opening, Vincent invited a total of sixteen representatives from the World Hakka Association Taipei to participate in the inauguration ceremony. President Ma Ying-Jeou also sent a plaque to Vincent, wishing the family success with the memorial center.

Hakka spirit of universal love and charity

Mauritius has been plagued by a serious drug problem. “A young man’s mother came to me, asking me to help her son quit drugs. I also knew a teacher who became addicted to alcohol due to psychological problems. Without outside assistance, both committed suicide. From then on, I paid special attention to the problem of substance abuse and with the help of the priest and other church members, I founded a rehabilitation center,” Vincent commented. It is relatively easy to build a rehabilitation center, but to keep it going takes great amount of love and patience.

In addition to pledging to fund the construction of the rehabilitation center, when the church could no longer support the facility due to financial difficulties, Vincent made a special effort to keep the facility running and turned it into an independent institution. “Drug rehabilitation involves long-term care, and not just physiological care; it requires psychological counseling too. The center requires significant funding to operate on a yearly basis and even though the government does offer an annual subsidy, the money is far from enough to cover the actual expenses. But from my perspective, I see the rehabilitation center as something important and should be kept running no matter what. I want the youngsters who need it to have a place to start over anew.” And thus, Vincent aptly named the facility “Pour une Nouvelle Vie” (For a New Life), as a phrase of encouragement for those sent to the facility for rehabilitation, to inspire them to work towards turning over a new leaf.

With all the fame and success they have achieved, the Chu family has stayed true to the Hakka spirit of always remembering their origins and contributing without reservations as they cared for the local folks and loved every inch of the Mauritian land as their homeland. As far as Vincent is concerned, “taking risks” and “giving” are two ingredients in the blood that flows throw the veins of every Hakka person. And when they insist on such spirit, Hakka culture could thrive and prosper in any corner of the world. 

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