New Novel Shows What Happens When Love Is Pitted Against Tradition

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Author Tan Kheng Yeang brews a love story with hefty conflicts

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While “Conflict in the Home” presents a unique look at the changes of Chinese culture, it also presents a time-honored love story.

Like Jonathan Franzen's “The Corrections,” the new novel by author Tan Kheng Yeang, “Conflict in the Home” (published by Trafford Publishing), paints a comic yet stoic portrait of the intricacies of family.

Taking place in pre-World War II Hong Kong, “Conflict in the Home” tells the story of the Yuen family. At the center of the Yuen family is 27-year-old bachelor Siu Kam. Siu Kam cherishes an easy existence. Despite achieving much success in the world of business, Kam still lives with his staunchly traditional parents, who are anxious that he marry. Per tradition, they consider themselves responsible for finding a suitable bride for him. But fate is about to intervene.

While dining out one evening, Kam locks eyes with the lovely Wai Hing and is immediately smitten. Determined to make her his wife, Kam is finally introduced to her through friends and is soon fascinated by Hing’s modern ways, her outspokenness and her independent spirit. Caught between his intractably traditional parents and the equally strong-willed and indomitable Hing, Kam discovers that the attributes that originally attracted him to this beautiful young woman may well sow the seeds of destruction within his family and deny him any chance of future happiness.

Against a tumultuous backdrop when Western ideas were invading the Far East and clashing with long-held beliefs, a man and a woman must decide which is more important – values and cultural differences or true love.

“The book was inspired by the rampant social changes that took place in the first half of the twentieth century in Hong Kong as Western ideas began infiltrating the rigid and tradition-bound Chinese culture,” explains Tan. “The situation experienced by the fictional Yuen family was not uncommon in real life, as the younger generation learned new ways and ideas and eschewed the traditional ways of their elders. However, newer is not always better, and pain and heartbreak often accompany change.”

While “Conflict in the Home” presents a unique look at the changes of Chinese culture, it also presents a time-honored love story.

“The problems encountered by Siu Kam and Wai Hing remain timely in the twenty-first century, even though the actual story takes place 70 years ago,” says Tan. “The clash between generations is timeless – be it over traditions, values or ideologies.”

About the Author
Tan Kheng Yeang was born in a country called British Malaya, now part of Malaysia. After studying civil engineering at the University of Hong Kong, he enjoyed a lengthy career as an engineer in the City Council of Georgetown, Penang. Since his retirement, he has worked as an engineering consultant and has published 12 books.

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