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 was educated in Melbourne in the eighties studying computer programming, and later completed his post-graduate diploma study in computing, and qualification in adults literacy and numeracy training in New Zealand. He is a qualified vocational and workplace tutor. 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 nearly 30 years.
Yen currently works for the DHB training clinical applications. He volunteers and trains literacy, numeracy, computing and ESOL at some non-profit organizations and a local primary school in the Bay of Plenty in his free time. 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. Kong cartoon publishes daily bro & bro cartoon on this website on each week day.
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 bugle, flute, saxophone, clarinet and harmonica on our educational website. In 2021 he created his own brand (KONG) of musical instruments – flute, fife, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, didgeridoo and percussion, all hand-made with hand tools from various materials from bamboo, polymer, wood to metal.
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