Speech by Emeritus Master Yun Long Zi
for The Friendship of Prosperity and Elegance at CHIJMES
(Fengshui Art of Emeritus Master Yun Long Zi and Silk Fashion by Eric Raisina)
（ 云大师风水艺术展及爱力克时装秀 ）
Your Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso of Cambodia
Your Royal Highness Princess Sisowath Monikossoma
Your Highness Princess Norodom Chansita
Your Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Chivannariddh
Family of Princes & Princesses.
Highly esteemed professors and academicians.
Friends & clients from all over the world.
A special mention to a friend who flew in from the Netherlands to give me a birthday surprise. He has just appeared at the Hall this evening. His name is Mr. Kees Van Hamersveld. He had introduced me to more than one hundred Dutch clients some seventeen years ago. Without him, Lotus on Water may not yet be born.
May I request all of us who have benefited by the existence of Lotus on Water to join me in giving Mr. Kees a round applause of gratitude and appreciation.
Ladies & Gentlemen, What a beautiful evening.
In the beginning of this year, my tailor in Beijing Rui Fu Xiang, a two hundred year old brand called me. She told me that the seamstresses were out of job because of the lockdown.
So although I already have a lot of gowns and clothes, I ordered a couple more.
A few days ago, the gowns arrived Singapore. And I am wearing one of them this evening.
All Chinese would know this person who is embroidered on this gown. He is one of the most popular deity god of the Chinese. The Guan Gong.
Why is Guan Gong the most popular deity god and hero of the Chinese? For two reasons that doesn’t seem to have any correlation.
First for the virtue of “Yi” that he represents. Second for the fact that he is a god of prosperity, especially those of unexpected wealth.
What is the virtue of “Yi”? It is a term very difficult to explain to a non Chinese speaking person.
“Yi“ is a virtue to describe duty in a relationship, especially relationship between brothers and friends.
When a person do possess the virtue of “Yi”, he would be highly respected and loved. For he does possess the quality of the nobility even if his status is lowly. When a person do not have the quality of “Yi”, even if he is high and mighty, we despise him.
And Chinese even think that the virtue of “Yi” has power and strength. And thus we coin the word “Yi” with the word “Qi”（energy), to create the word “Yi Qi”.
And what does Yi Qi got to do with “friendships”, and with the art and fashion this evening? Almost everything you see tonight.
It is because of Yi Qi, that we accepted the invitation of China CCTV to exhibit my feng shui art at the Great Wall of China, at the time of the lockdown when doing so doesn’t seem to make any economic sense. And some of my paintings exhibited at the Great Wall of China are now exhibited here tonight.
It is because of Yi Qi, we came up with the project “Art Beyond Museums” where we go to different business locations in Singapore to do virtual art exhibitions to introduce the locations, Laurent Perrier Champagne our sponsor, as well as my art to people who stay safe at home.
Have we brought businesses to these locations. You bet we did. And that’s why from the initial plan of 12 episodes we extended to 28 episodes in Singapore.
And because of Yi Qi, I called up my friends from different parts of the world because we suffered the same fate and I wish to bring business to them. And our Art Beyond Museums travelled to Penang, Bali Indonesia, Philippine, London and Beckmingham, and now moving to the bottom of The Himalaya at Laos, Thailand，Kuala Lumpur and Paris.
And because we know many friends all over the world who possess the virtue of Yi Qi, before Covid we exhibited our feng shui art in 14 places, after covid we exhibited in 78 places. And this number is expanding and increasing every single week.
Our host and curator in Art Beyond Museum Laos & Thailand Series, Dr. Ponsinh Toto & Mr. Singkham are also here with us.
Each of these paintings you see this evening is born out of Yi Qi, our duty to care for our brothers and friends all over the world, and the Yi Qi our friends and brothers all over the world have towards us.
Of course, the team that produces this art exhibition and fashion show is formed by a team of clients and followers who have ‘Yi Qi’within them.
Is there any wonder why the same god who represents Yi Qi is also the same god who governs the unexpected wealth?
Before the pandemic, we sold about eight paintings a year, but when pandemic strikes we sold 88 paintings a year.
And the people who have contributed to us because of Yi Qi become wealthier in many sense.
Messieurs Eric Raisina told me he has 1/8 of his blood that is Chinese. But even without that 1/8, Eric has fully exhibited his Yi Qi towards us. He reciprocated by supporting us with his art work. Many of my paintings are painted on the silk cloth he has designed and weaved. He has done numerous pop up stores in my gallery and he has brought my paintings to exhibit at many beautiful places in Madagascar and Paris.
Yes. The virtue of Yi qi brings about long term trustworthy friendship . Yi Qi creates beautiful colors. Yi Qi also creates the power of unexpected wealth.
Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy the celebration of Yi Qi, the friendship of prosperity and elegance.
-- Master Yun 云龙子大师， 26 to 28 October 2022，at Chijmes Hall 新加坡赞美广堂
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