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.


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.

(Full article.)


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: