It’s Saturday and as usual the Club is crowded. At the Mahjong table Ah Lee, in tidy attire as usual, is in his favourite seat with the faithful Soo close behind.
Sitting to one side is Yong, already with a glass of whisky and, in her left hand, a fan to move the humid air. She is waiting for her next ‘dancing’ partner! Sakura, a Japanese girl, is singing a beautiful love song. All is well in the Hakka Miners’ Club.
Across the table is Towkay Cheong. He is from the 1920’s and very early on he adopted the European style of dress. With white suit and shoes, a bow tie and a straw boater he is more English than those in the Colonial Government.
A very successful miner, Cheong is a kind man, famous for his generosity to health and education.