About The Author
She spent ten years working in international organizations on community empowerment through health and informal education, poverty alleviation and sustainable development programs.
More recently, she established projects designed to open up new opportunities for mothers and homemakers. She edited and co-authored "Working @ Home - A Guidebook for Working Women and Homemakers" published in 2000.
She also founded the "Mothers for Mothers" network (www.mom4mom.com) and so continues to maintain her long-standing interest in community empowerment.
Not only has their food been modified to incorporate spicy local ingredients, but they speak mostly the Hakka dialect (which has n written script) at home, with a smattering of words from bahasa Malaysia (the national language), and may also use a mix of Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Hakka women were revered for laboring alongside the men folk while at the same time nurturing their children and taking care of the house. As a result, Hakka women were never afforded the luxury of bound 'lotus feet', but were known for their big, flat feet.
An old saying urged men to marry Hakka women for they worked very hard without complaint!