Sunday, February 14, 2021

Reunited under the shadow of Covid-19

While many aspects of Chinese New Year will be different or entirely missing under the movement control order this year, families such as that of Fong Teck Keong in Kampung Baru Ampang will still gather for reunion dinners under strict health SOPs.

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Fong’s mother anchors preparations in the kitchen for the traditional reunion dinner, assisted by his wife.

Members of the family gather around the table in anticipation of the delicious food being laid out.

Fong’s wife finishes tidying up the house and putting the final touches on the decorations, including tying back the curtains with some red ribbon.

It’s time to tuck into the many dishes prepared by Fong’s mother and his wife.

Children sit at the table alongside the adults as everyone enjoys the delicious food, laughing and exchanging stories.

The food includes many traditional dishes such as soup and steamed chicken, served complete with the head in order to signify wholeness.

Covid-19 has changed many things but not the contentment that comes with eating alongside family.

Fong’s mother, the family matriarch, makes sure that everyone has enough to eat.

Even with the restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 situation, the children are excited to welcome in the New Year.

Twelve of them have gathered for this meal, seated at two folding tables in the kitchen.

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