My contributions in old history of Wiki about Aw Boon Haw

My contributions in old history of Wiki about Aw Boon Haw

Ah Boon Haw (Chinese: 胡文虎; pinyin: Hú Wénhǔ (1882 Rangoon, Burma1954 Hong Kong) was a Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for introducing Tiger Balm. His family was of Hakka descent and his ancestors were from Yongding County in Fujian Province.

This history of the legendary brothers Haw and Par and the origins of their genius trace back to Rangoon (Yangon), Burma, where it all began. Their father, Aw Chu Kin, the young son of a herbalist in Amoy, a west Fukien province, left for Rangoon in the 1800s to seek his fortune.

His first stop was Singapore where he lived for several days in a kongsi house in the Chinese quarter of Telok Ayer Street before leaving for Penang. Rangoon beckoned and soon he was on his way. Aw Chu Kin set up his own Chinese doctor (“sinseh”) shop with a little help from his uncle, and Eng Aun Tong, or the Hall of Everlasting Peace, was founded in 1870. Uncle turned matchmaker and a bride was soon found for Aw Chu Kin. Boon Haw, the “gentle tiger” was born in 1882 and Boon Par, the “gentle” leopard” in 1888. [1].[2] Haw later migrated to Singapore, where he began the business of Tiger Red Balm with his brother, Aw Boon Par. On this astute promise the brothers Haw and Par built an empire and a legendary fortune out of a formula for a cure-all ointment sold in a little jar. Today, Tiger Balm is sold in over a hundred countries, arguably the world’s best known analgesic ointment.The origins of that formula can be traced back to the time of the Chinese emperors who sought relief for aches and pains from the stresses of court hearings, and the strains of the imperial harem. The balm would have died with the dynasties had it not been for Aw Chu Kin, who breathed new life into the ancient recipe.

Boon Haw’s next logical step was a trademark: what else but his own name, and Tiger Balm was born. By 1920 Aw Boon Haw, not yet 40, was the richest Chinese in Rangoon. Ever the risk taker, Boon Haw ventured south to Malaya and Singapore in spite of brother Boon Par’s reservation. The sights and sounds of bustling commerce in the Malayan towns and Singapore’s port made his heart beat fast and his head race. Studying the Singapore currency he saw the image of a snarling tiger in the watermark. That clinched it.

The tiger tycoon moved into Singapore in 1926 and Eng Aun Tong found a spanking new home in the busiest port in the region. A new and larger factory was built along Neil Road where production was ten times more than that of Rangoon’s. Aw Boon Haw plied small towns in Malaya in his custom-made car which had a head fabricated like a tiger. When the kampong folks crowded around, he would distribute samples of Tiger Balm and its sister products and win still more customers.

His legacy is found in the Haw Par Villas throughout Asia, with locations in Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Fujian Province.A new mansion, Haw Par Villa, was built on a hill in Pasir Panjang surrounded by unique gardens depicting Chinese mythology for the younger, quieter Boon Par in 1937. Also known as Tiger Balm Gardens, it was free to the public. (Tiger Balm Gardens was later donated to the Singapore government by the Aw family, put on public tender for re-building as a theme park under the name Haw Par Villa. This theme park is no longer associated with the Haw Par group).

With factories and distributorships firmly established in Malaya, Hong Kong, Batavia, cities in China and Thailand, and with wealth and status long achieved, Boon Haw next channelled his energy into diversification, which would include publishing and banking.

Haw founded several newspapers, including Sin Chew Jit Poh (星洲日報) and Guang Ming Daily (光明日報), which are both based in Malaysia. Sing Tao Daily (星島日報) dates back to 1938 and is currently based in Hong Kong.

While on a trip to Hong Kong from Boston in 1954, Haw died at the age of 72 from a heart attack following a major operation.

Note: Ah Boon Haw is often translated into Cantonese as Wu Man Fu. Haw’s sister’s name is Wu Sin, as mentioned in the Sing Tao Daily.

There was a public forum on 25.03.2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the topic of Chinese Press in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the birthday of Aw Boon Haw, the legendary media tycoon who founded the Sin Chew Daily (Singapore/ Malaysia) and Sing Tao Daily (Hong Kong), and a host of over forty other titles across South East Asia. Aw’s life spanned across the late 19th century through the early 20th century, leaving behind a lingering legacy in which he was enduringly remembered for helping to nurture and sustain Chinese education and culture. [2]

During the Japanese Occupation Boon Haw was in Hong Kong and carried on business from there while Boon Par shut the factory in Singapore and returned to Burma where he died in 1944. After the war Aw Boon Haw returned to Singapore,reopened his factory and newspapers, repaired his homes and gardens and established the Chung Khiaw Bank in 1950. He placed the management of the bank under the leadership of his son-in-law, Lee Chee Shan. Aw Boon Haw died in 1954 at the age of 72 from a heart attack on his way to Hong Kong following a major operation in Boston.

 

References

    ^ hawpar.com/heritage ^ Bloger Jef Ooi [1]

Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aw_Boon_Haw

Ah Boon Haw (Chinese: 胡文虎; pinyin: Hú Wénhǔ (1882 Rangoon, Burma1954 Hong Kong) was a Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for introducing Tiger Balm. His family was of Hakka descent and his ancestors were from Yongding County in Fujian Province.

This history of the legendary brothers Haw and Par and the origins of their genius trace back to Rangoon (Yangon), Burma, where it all began. Their father, Aw Chu Kin, the young son of a herbalist in Amoy, a west Fukien province, left for Rangoon in the 1800s to seek his fortune.

His first stop was Singapore where he lived for several days in a kongsi house in the Chinese quarter of Telok Ayer Street before leaving for Penang. Rangoon beckoned and soon he was on his way. Aw Chu Kin set up his own Chinese doctor (“sinseh”) shop with a little help from his uncle, and Eng Aun Tong, or the Hall of Everlasting Peace, was founded in 1870. Uncle turned matchmaker and a bride was soon found for Aw Chu Kin. Boon Haw, the “gentle tiger” was born in 1882 and Boon Par, the “gentle” leopard” in 1888. [1].[2] Haw later migrated to Singapore, where he began the business of Tiger Red Balm with his brother, Aw Boon Par. On this astute promise the brothers Haw and Par built an empire and a legendary fortune out of a formula for a cure-all ointment sold in a little jar. Today, Tiger Balm is sold in over a hundred countries, arguably the world’s best known analgesic ointment.The origins of that formula can be traced back to the time of the Chinese emperors who sought relief for aches and pains from the stresses of court hearings, and the strains of the imperial harem. The balm would have died with the dynasties had it not been for Aw Chu Kin, who breathed new life into the ancient recipe.

Boon Haw’s next logical step was a trademark: what else but his own name, and Tiger Balm was born. By 1920 Aw Boon Haw, not yet 40, was the richest Chinese in Rangoon. Ever the risk taker, Boon Haw ventured south to Malaya and Singapore in spite of brother Boon Par’s reservation. The sights and sounds of bustling commerce in the Malayan towns and Singapore’s port made his heart beat fast and his head race. Studying the Singapore currency he saw the image of a snarling tiger in the watermark. That clinched it.

The tiger tycoon moved into Singapore in 1926 and Eng Aun Tong found a spanking new home in the busiest port in the region. A new and larger factory was built along Neil Road where production was ten times more than that of Rangoon’s. Aw Boon Haw plied small towns in Malaya in his custom-made car which had a head fabricated like a tiger. When the kampong folks crowded around, he would distribute samples of Tiger Balm and its sister products and win still more customers.

His legacy is found in the Haw Par Villas throughout Asia, with locations in Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Fujian Province.A new mansion, Haw Par Villa, was built on a hill in Pasir Panjang surrounded by unique gardens depicting Chinese mythology for the younger, quieter Boon Par in 1937. Also known as Tiger Balm Gardens, it was free to the public. (Tiger Balm Gardens was later donated to the Singapore government by the Aw family, put on public tender for re-building as a theme park under the name Haw Par Villa. This theme park is no longer associated with the Haw Par group).

With factories and distributorships firmly established in Malaya, Hong Kong, Batavia, cities in China and Thailand, and with wealth and status long achieved, Boon Haw next channelled his energy into diversification, which would include publishing and banking.

Haw founded several newspapers, including Sin Chew Jit Poh (星洲日報) and Guang Ming Daily (光明日報), which are both based in Malaysia. Sing Tao Daily (星島日報) dates back to 1938 and is currently based in Hong Kong.

While on a trip to Hong Kong from Boston in 1954, Haw died at the age of 72 from a heart attack following a major operation.

Note: Ah Boon Haw is often translated into Cantonese as Wu Man Fu. Haw’s sister’s name is Wu Sin, as mentioned in the Sing Tao Daily.

There was a public forum on 25.03.2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the topic of Chinese Press in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the birthday of Aw Boon Haw, the legendary media tycoon who founded the Sin Chew Daily (Singapore/ Malaysia) and Sing Tao Daily (Hong Kong), and a host of over forty other titles across South East Asia. Aw’s life spanned across the late 19th century through the early 20th century, leaving behind a lingering legacy in which he was enduringly remembered for helping to nurture and sustain Chinese education and culture. [2]

During the Japanese Occupation Boon Haw was in Hong Kong and carried on business from there while Boon Par shut the factory in Singapore and returned to Burma where he died in 1944. After the war Aw Boon Haw returned to Singapore,reopened his factory and newspapers, repaired his homes and gardens and established the Chung Khiaw Bank in 1950. He placed the management of the bank under the leadership of his son-in-law, Lee Chee Shan. Aw Boon Haw died in 1954 at the age of 72 from a heart attack on his way to Hong Kong following a major operation in Boston.

 

References

    ^ hawpar.com/heritage ^ Bloger Jef Ooi [1]

Retrieved from old history of Wiki

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