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Six degrees

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 April, 2009, 12:00am

Malaysia's Chinese population considered paper dentures a worthy offering to burn for the dead this Ching Ming Festival, according to a Star newspaper report. The imitation imitation teeth were added to the usual replicas that went up in smoke yesterday - money, mobiles and cars. 'My father wore dentures and it was his habit to wash them every night. This is my way to remember him,' the Star was told by a person celebrating Ching Ming ...

Ching Ming 1976 saw the Tiananmen Incident (also known as the April 5 Tiananmen Incident), which took place in Beijing. It was triggered by the death of premier Zhou Enlai earlier that year. The public disapproved of the removal of the displays of mourning and began gathering in Tiananmen Square to protest. The event was labelled counter-revolutionary by the Communist Party's Central Committee and served as a excuse for the dismis-sal and house arrest of the then-vice premier: Deng Xiaoping ...

Deng (above) survived this setback and came to power in 1978, by which time the Tiananmen Incident had been recast as a display of patriotism. In November 1983, Deng was presented with a painting - Twin Bridge, Memory of My Country - by American business tycoon-cum-philanthropist Armand Hammer. The work was by a former 'revolutionary socialist painter' who had escaped the strict confines of his homeland and moved to the US: Chen Yifei ...

Before he died in 2005, Chen had returned to the mainland; opened a chain of high-end clothing stores called Layefe; started an interior design chain; founded a modelling agency; and launched Vision, a Wallpaper-style magazine. His multi-faceted approach earned him the nickname 'the Chinese Martha Stewart' ...

The original Stewart, an American business magnate, television host, author and magazine publisher, had, until February last year, a 15-year relationship with former Microsoft executive Charles Simonyi, who now takes his holidays in space. The Soyuz TMA-14 mission to the International Space Station, which blasted off on March 26, is Hungarian-born Simonyi's second extraterrestrial jolly, after a trip in April 2007 aboard the Soyuz TMA-10 ...

The following mission, Soyuz TMA-11, carried Malaysia's first astronaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, into space. In the final round of the country's Angkasawan programme, to find a suitable candidate for the honour, the orthopaedic surgeon went up against Major Faiz Khaleed, a dentist in the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces.

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