SINGAPORE: More than 2,000 participants from around the world gathered in Singapore for the 7th World Fujian Convention on Saturday.
Hailing from all corners of the globe, the ethnic Fujians, who came from Taiwan, Indonesia, and even as far as South Africa, met to celebrate their unique culture.
The triennial event also hopes to strengthen links between Fujians — whether in the academic, artistic or business space.
The convention was graced by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, whose mother and wife are both Fujians.
He added Singapore has benefited from the early Fujian pioneers, including Mr Tan Kah Kee and Mr Tan Tock Seng.
Mr Teo said: "In this age of globalisation, people have many opportunities to travel or live in different parts of the world. This increased mobility makes it even more important that all of us remember our culture, our roots, and what the ties of kinship mean."
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