Fung Fam­ily & Bri­tish Guiana Trivia

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Q: How many de­scen­dants of Fung A Pan are there? A: It is es­ti­mated that there are cur­rently over 600 fam­ily mem­bers of Fung A Pan.

Q: In which coun­tries do they re­side? A: They lit­er­ally span the globe, from Guyana to other parts of the Caribbean, Europe, the USA, Canada, Aus­trala­sia, Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore.

Q: Fung A Pan came from Poon Ye, in Can­ton (also known as Kwan­tung, or Guang­dong). What is Poon Ye fa­mous for? A: Poon Ye is fa­mous for the “Wing Chun” kung fu mar­tial arts, as prac­ticed by leg­endary ex­po­nent, Ip Man.

Q: How many ships brought Chi­nese labour­ers to Bri­tish Guiana? A: 39 sail­ing ships or “clip­pers”. The first ves­sel ar­rived in 1853.

Q: Why did the Bri­tish re­cruit many Can­tonese labour­ers? A: From 1757 to the Opium Wars (1839–1860), Can­ton was the only port al­low­ing for­eign trade.

Q: Where were the plan­ta­tions sit­u­ated in Bri­tish Guiana? A: In the coun­ties of De­mer­ara, Esse­quibo and Ber­bice.

Q: Were the Chi­nese in­volved in Guyana’s lead­er­ship? A: Its first Pres­i­dent was Arthur Chung (1970–1980), a Hakka and bar­ris­ter of the Mid­dle Tem­ple in Lon­don. He was then a Judge of Guyana’s Court of Ap­peal.

Q: Be­sides re­tail, did the Chi­nese con­trib­ute to Guyana’s econ­omy? A: They helped de­velop Guyana’s min­eral in­dus­try of gold, di­a­monds and baux­ite.

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