Sun, Dec 20, 2009
He chose fengshui over banking career

[All in the family (from left): Tan Xueting, 24, Grand master Tan Khoon Yong and Tan Junyuan, 28]

Does Fengshui offer better prospects than a banking career? 

28-year-old Tan Junyuan seems to think so. The son of prominent Fengshui grand master, Tan Khoon Yong, is following in his father's footsteps after graduating from university, reported the Chinese evening daily, Wanbao.

The younger Tan had graduated last year with a degree in Political Science from the prestigious University of California, Berkeley - one of the top five universities in the United States.  

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Initially resistant to the idea Fengshui, Tan said he embraced the ancient Chinese discipline only after his overseas study experience.

Like many Singaporean students are awakened to their 'Asian-ness' when overseas, Mr Tan admitted that he felt 'ashamed' when he was around Taiwanese and Malaysian-Chinese, who could speak fluent English but yet were still in touch with their Chinese culture and language.

In contrast, Tan said he was a Singaporean-Chinese who could not speak Mandarin properly and was not in touch with his Chinese roots. The fact that his father was in the business of Fengshui made the disparity more glaring.

It was on his father's suggestion that he began helping out in the business during his school holidays, and his interest grew from there.

Despite advice from friends, Mr Tan rejected a management trainee position at a bank and decided to pursue a career as a fengshui master.

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