Portraits of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo: AFP Portraits of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo: AFP
Portraits of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

In ancient China, marriages between relatives weren’t completely taboo

  • Although frowned upon today, marriages between affinal relatives, or relatives by marriage, happened in history
  • Soon after the Manchus conquered China and established the Qing dynasty the practice fell out of favour

Portraits of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo: AFP Portraits of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo: AFP
Portraits of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo: AFP
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.