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with Lynda Chanwai-Earle
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Listen to this programmeAsian Report for 5 June 2012 - The Bone Feeder (duration: 11′37″)
The ancient practice of Chinese Ancestor worship was Confucian in origin before it was influenced by Buddhism. They’re sometimes referred to as Gu Hun Ye Gui or ghosts of those who have died far from their home or country. When the body of the deceased can’t be returned home then the ghost may wander where they’ve passed away, hoping for someone to help them return.
Lynda meets with the cast and crew of The Bone Feeder during its production at Tapac in Auckland late last year. The Bone Feeder is a fictionalised play by power house producer/writer Renee Liang about the sinking of the steamer, The S.S. Ventnor off the coast of the Hokianga in 1902. What made this shipwreck special was its cargo. Alongside tonnes of Westport coal, the Ventnor was also carrying 499 coffins containing the remains of Chinese gold miners whose bones were being returned to family in China. Their last dying wish, to be buried on home soil with family and loved ones.
Llanyon Eli Joe, Charles Chan and Willie Ying as ghosts.
Today’s story involves around 240 young secondary students from all around New Zealand and young diplomat in the making Elizabeth Chan, a Kiwi Chinese who was a finalist earlier this year for the Young New Zealander of the Year Awards.
Produced and presented by Lynda Chanwai-Earle
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