In memory of a resilient and determined spirit

On this Mother's Day, allow me to introduce to you my ordinary yet special mum, Madam Tow Hee Jee, who was born in 1922 in China's Hainan Island.

The youngest of four children, she never went to school because her parents did not see the need for girls to be educated.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 12, 2019, with the headline 'In memory of a resilient and determined spirit'. Print Edition | Subscribe