The Importance of Heritage and Culture through Story Telling in our Tumultuous World Today

The History of Blue Boy Mansion in relation to the discovery of my Family History and the Blue Mansion in Penang built by Cheong Fatt Tze


First, watch this video to set the mood that starts in Penang:




Next watch this video that travels to Medan Indonesia:





Last but not least, watch this video that travels through Time, Places & People



Keep the afternoon time free on Sunday 22 Dec 2019 for a soft pre-launch of my first book on the theme of Human Consciousness, being the 37th Anniversary of my wedding anniversary with my late wife who has inspired me for all that I have achieved in my adult life. This includes amazing results of my past 7-year research to tackle a subject that is most tricky to write about that I feel the world needs to know more about! Geok Lee is the real storyteller who won the hearts of many shared in this journal post of mine.

The importance of Heritage and Culture for the world I believe has been underrated with too much focus on the 'Now' and 'Today' in our news headlines and media  like what is shared below:



Compare the above video to this one found in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in 2016:


My wife may be the storyteller as shared in the above journal post link but I am the Story Rambler where in my 7-year research, I can justify why it is necessary to reach out to the young today in this manner. I learned it over my lifetime, having the experience of HCI Human-Computer Interaction and WEI Western-Eastern Interaction. The necessity of rambling at the speed of 5G is explained in the video below for those who may need to catch up on how education should be today:



Excerpt from a research paper on the importance of storytelling in a city or country to achieve unity
(Brief extract of a research paper)
To revitalize the neighbourhoods and recreate
public-spirited areas, the communication between the
professionals, the habitants and the stakeholders is
essential. It is essential to treat the cultural differences
of race and ethnicity, class, economy, aesthetics etc.
not only as physical parts of the city, but also as public
events, as the nervous system of the urban organism.
Through storytelling that communication is facilitated
because it is an art that cultivates and strengthens the
ability to listen to other people’s stories. Listening is
irreplaceably necessary for any kind of prosperity and
development. Listening empowers people with
knowledge and awareness and instils in them
empathy and appreciation for diversity. “Bringing
together different points of view and trying to create a
shared understanding among all stakeholders can
lead to new insights, new ideas, and new
artefacts” (Fischer et al, 2002:1). Jack Zipes (1995) in
Creative Storytelling: Building Community-Changing
Lives claimed that mythmaking can “create a home or
community” (7) because “storytellers are not just
performers; they may perform, but they are first and
foremost listeners and animators; they listen to tales
before telling or performing them; they listen to 
phenomena, experiences, and conditions, and they
observe; then they share experiences and animate
people to learn something from the shared moment of
the telling”.
Storytelling can be a valuable engine of city and
civic renewal by bringing closer and investing in the
participatory creativity of diverse communities and by
envisioning new images of the urban life. Open to the
public storytelling practices can profit communitybuilding and imbue people with a deeper
understanding of the creative potential of this city
allowing art to better the human condition. To better
the urban life means to become aware of the identity
and structure of the city and to being able to articulate
and picture alternative images which train the eye of
the observer, stimulate the imagination of the flâneur
and secure the imageability of the city which as Kevin
Lynch (1960) wrote in The Image of The City
“facilitates the making of vividly identified, powerfully
structured, highly useful mental images of the
environment” (9) which invite the observer to “absorb
new sensuous impact” (10). Creative cities do not just
pop out of nowhere. Imagination, dedication and care
are as much needed as high-quality designs and fundraising strategies. 
The storiness of a communal lived
materiality, the consciousness of a multicultural
storyboard imbued with meaning and experience
ought to be penciled in the design papers.
Conclusion
This research paper opts to have accentuated the
significance of storytelling for an all-embracing
awareness of the multicultural oral heritage of
Thessaloniki and a collective creative response to it
through mediation projects. It is strongly
recommended to heighten public awareness of these
issues providing a deeper sensitivity and a pro-active
critical analysis of Interculturalism. It was explored
how storytelling empowers social networks in the
multicultural city of Thessaloniki; how social
psychology, experience, imagination activation and
emotions influence the consciousness people have
and shape about the urban wide-ranging society; how
the co-creation of urban tales weaves the image of the
city and how participatory creativity can enliven
domesticity and foster intercultural mediation between
diverse communities while preserving oral heritage.
Stories were and are created to represent, make
meaning of and convey various sentiments about
human nature and culture as well as to represent
imaginary worlds and abstract concepts. Stories
manage almost unconditionally to bring magic into our
lives and carry a dynamism that can set our emotional
baggage free and inspire us to revisit our perspective.
When it comes to storytelling, there is a lot to be
learned, earned and dreamed.

My passion in our own Family History led to my passion in Heritage and Culture of buildings, with people I can help to improve their Consciousness from the knowledge I have acquired in my life experiences and the long research I had undertaken to be qualified to write and publish my first book. Blue Boy Mansion attracted my attention as I couldn't understand why such a problem could exist in the heart of Kuala Lumpur ignored by the government, law enforcement agencies and the owners themselves when laws have changed to give them more rights to act to protect their own properties.

I will need time to follow up on the history of the building and the stories with more research, especially on the pioneer Mr. Lee Tham Yin, known commonly as TY Lee who built the first high rise flat in Kuala Lumpur and possibly the whole country in 1962. The little I have learned is that he came from China with a wife from Hong Kong, qualified to work in the Federation City Council and later came out to work for himself to be a successful businessman. He named the building as 'Blue Boy Mansion' as a Dutchman gave him a sketch/painting of a boy that was all blue in color!

Blue Boy Mansion has caught up with the times where Liberalism has begun since our 14th General Election where we will move forward with change as space and time requires but we must keep our heritage and culture of Malaysia's way of problem-solving that I learned from this recent very modern conference on Liberalism: