Father (父), Mother (母), English edition

Tan Chin Hock


Chin Hock blamed himself for neglecting his parents when his mum was diagnosed with depression many years back. Instead of abandoning his parents, Chin Hock chose to stick with them and tackled the challenges with his siblings. Initially, he often felt humiliated and embarrassed whenever his mum hurled expletives at him in public areas during the outings with his parents.

Although such incidences made Chin Hock feel discouraged, he persevered in bringing his parents for outings as this is what his mum enjoys most. Today, his mum has recovered from depression and Chin Hock continues to bring his parents for outings regularly.

Chin Hock began his campaign to promote fill piety since 2009 after realising that aged parents in Singapore are often neglected when their children pursue success and career aspirations.

Throughout these years, he had created a www.holdinghands.sg website, designed a reminder wristband, organised a running event, written short stories on family and actively advertised the campaign through social media and word-of-mouth. His story and campaign have touched the hearts of many. He was featured in numerous media and publications such as Men’s Health Singapore, The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Beanstalk, Vibes, theasianparents etc. In 2013, he was conferred the Filial Piety award by the Nanyang Confucius Association. He continues to promote filial piety through active contribution of articles. His latest venture is to promote the traditional Chinese value through his lenses. An enthusiastic photographer after the birth of his first daughter, he began posting pictures depicting the importance of positive family relationships on his Facebook. One of his works themed “Enduring and Intriguing Love between Sisters” was selected as one of the exhibits in the 10th Ngee Ann Photographic Exhibition 2015, one of the largest photography exhibitions in Singapore.

Tan Chin Hock