A Cross Cultural Wedding

The marriage of Yuko Ushiama and Jeevan Jayakumar was not only filled with joy and happiness but achieved a harmonious blending of cultures. Yuko, who went to Tenby School till the age of 10, is the daughter of one of the longest staying expatriates in Ipoh, Dato’ Tomiyasu Ushiama and his wife Datin Mina. She met her husband Jeevan who is of Sri Lankan descent, when she started working in Dentsu, a Japanese Advertising Agency in Kuala Lumpur 6 years ago. It was a long courtship which saw them tying the knot in November. Jeevan is Business Director of a British advertising company, Iris, based in Singapore and the couple will be living there.

The wedding ceremonies included ‘Gold Melting Ceremony’ at the groom’s house in KL on November 15 and another one at the Kalamandapam Hall in KL five days later. The wedding reception in Ipoh was held at Tropicana on the 30th with a violin performance by Mrs Keiko Shiraishi and her son, Yoichi, with keyboard by Mrs Megumi Tigges. There was a Japanese song by Mrs Fong Foong Beng and a Chinese song by Datin Janet Yeoh. All in all a series of memorable cross-cultural events.


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SeeFoon Chan-Koppen has been writing a food column called Musings on Food in the Ipoh Echo since 2009. It is widely read both in print as well as online which receives more than 1 million hits a month. Her forte is in communications, having honed her skills after graduating from the University of Singapore where she worked for the Straits Times Group and was a food critic for the New Nation. Her knowledge of food and cooking come from more than 30 years in the hotel industry based in Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and subsequently Kuala Lumpur. During this time, she has travelled all over the world and eaten at the best and worst restaurants. She is totally intimate with the subtleties and nuances of most cuisines of the world having been involved in opening over 50 hotels throughout the Asia/Pacific region and China where she helped to conceptualize Food and Beverage themes and critiqued on food quality. SeeFoon calls herself a global citizen and now chooses the serenity and friendliness of Ipoh to the bright lights of the many cities she has lived in. She also loves the food in Ipoh and is passionate about telling the world about it.

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