MEDICAL HALL • Traditional Chinese Medicine Shop • George Town • MALAYSIA
Watch Vivian grid and cut up dried herbs to make traditional Chinese medicine – just as her father did in years past.
MEDICAL HALL is part of the OXLAEY mygeorgetown film project, made possible by a grant from Think City (www.thinkcity.com.my).
Dan Wojahn was the Sound Editor: www.soundcloud.com/dajahn
Thanks also to Team 108 in Singapore (www.team108.com) for loaning equipment for the production and audio mastering. A big thanks also to Canon Malaysia (www.canon.com.my) for supporting the screening of the mygeorgetown films by providing a 5000 lumen projector during the 2015 George Town Festival.
My name is Vivian. My business is Chinese medicine herbs. This is own family business and together with my sister – my younger sister – my turn to take over until now.
The Chinese has more than thousand and thousand type of names. So maybe one type of the herb, they got two or three names too.
This basket I think is older than me.
We put the medicine into the basket because its easier for us to find it. We mix together the medicine. After that we make it as a powder using like this. Small, small, small. It become like this.
So this one is very bigger, right? So we cannot cook by the one piece so normally we using this cutter.
This one is airing. Just put it out for airing only.
My two daughters are two years old and eight years old. So until now they never drink the soft drink. The gas drink, they don’t have. Also no candy – sweets? They also no. Never took before. So until now I only put pieces like ginseng – put into the bottle. Same as my mother. Everyday I give two pills. She can take care my two daughters, can wash, can clean homes and can cook. She is very, very healthy woman.
And this one is the rules. We need to use the true medicine. We cannot do the fake one to sell for the people. The prices – we need to – don’t overtake the prices. We can do by heart. Somebody they don’t have enough money, is very poor people, or maybe happen in the family problem – so they will ask for the medicine – its all FOC – Free of Charge. Its all free of them.
This is our dad’s business way. Actually we very miss our father.