Yen Kong moved from Borneo Island with his family to the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand in 2007 via Hong Kong and Sydney. He has worked and held various positions in the information technology, health, hospitality, animal health and education industries in Borneo, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand for over 30 years.
In 2008 he founded the Ngow Family Foundation, a community project that provides free education and services to the community. He enjoys cooking and shares his home cooked recipes on the NZ educational website. He contributes to the community learning centre regularly.
He created BRO & BRO in 2018 to raise awareness of wildlife protection. His first publication of BRO & BRO cartoon book was based on the stories and adventure of two cartoon characters Bro and Bro, aka Pukeko and Tui, New Zealand’s native birds. This book is unique, humorous, educational and tickling your funny bone. Kong is the author, designer, illustrator, publisher and copyright owner of the Bro & Bro cartoon book entitled ‘One Stone Two Birds’. It was printed in New Zealand on recycled paper, and a truly special book and a perfect gift to make everyone smile.
Yen was a bugler and Irish flute player in the boys’ brigade 40 years ago. Recently he picked up flute and bugle playing again, and decided to share his experience by creating easy music notes for songs for absolute beginners with no music background to learn how to play music on our educational website. In 2021 he created his own brand (KONG) of musical instruments – flute, fife, piccolo, mini clarinet, mini saxophone, didgeridoo and percussion, all hand-made with hand tools from various materials from bamboo, polymer, wood to metal. He is a volunteer music class teacher at Maketu Primary School teaching recorder and other woodwind instruments. He is also a volunteer of ‘music gig for residents’ at aged care homes. He is publishing his new book ‘Recorder for beginners level 1’, a step-by-step guide for beginners of all ages to learn how to play the recorder.
Yen self taught portrait painting. He likes to capture that special moment of a person on his portrait. He is sketching portraits for charity and is offering a unique way that your portrait can be printed on any paper size or on other media (mug, t-shirt, cotton bag, poster, sticker, canvas, calendar, car sign, screen saver, mouse pad or even tattoo).
YEN KONG NGOW
An open letter
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