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Phoa Yan Tiong
The Magician


Phoa Yan Tiong, eldest son of Phoa Liong Djin en Tan Clementine Kian Nio, was born the 12th of August 1926 as Robin Geoffrey Yan Tiong in Batavia, capital of the former Dutch Indies, located on Java in the district of Weltevreden. His ancestors came from the Chinese south-east costal province of Fujian. In the Dutch Indies the family was well-to-do and influential, and lived in one of the most beautiful manors, containing 44 rooms. Grandfather owned large estates with hunting-areas and was major (comparable to mayor) of the Chinese community in Batavia. Father was an engineer....More>>