Chess Players of Chinatown
Length: 8min 19sec
Language: English, Mandarin
Completed date: 2015
Have you watched Chinatown folks play Chinese chess and dum (local checkers)? The camaraderie is palpable, but for a reason. Often, they are elderly and the support network matters: “We look out for each other.” Elvin Gan visits them and tries to study under the tutelage of Uncle Boti and Uncle Yong! #sgmemory
Chinatown is an area in Singapore where the early Chinese immigrants from Southern parts of China lived and worked since the British rule in 1800s. Today, Chinatown remain an area with many Chinese traditional shops, restaurants, and a popular tourist attraction. It is also the residence of Singapore's many pioneer generation who had helped building the nation during their younger days. Now retired, a group of them gather frequently for a game of chess or two, as a way to pass time and stay in-touch with one anther.
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