Oh, lots of reasons for migrations, particularly in 1936, we had a little event called World War ll. :) :)
Are you building your family tree from scratch? Always good to start by interviewing your older relatives for their names and photos and so on. What I've found from that is they may get some details wrong (like dates) but the general picture can be really helpful. And they might remember things like "my cousin so and so did a family history a few years ago, I have her email address somewhere ..."
Yes, Erica Isabel Howton, I started it from scratch... apparently I have have a REALLY old relative just next door, but I still haven't asked them yet. I also recently found a genolgy book about the some family with the name of Fong, so I'm t'm trying to see where my (great)grandfather was, but sadly its in Chinese...
I asked my father to help me translate, and now we've gone so far back (somewhere 1244). However, we only got the FATHER'S names (apparently the maker eventually got bored of tracking people; and that was the last part they had to finish...) Does anyone know who their wives/children are? Feel free to take a look at my Tree if you want.
@Wishyut Pitawanik, this is interesting, well done with what you have achieved so far. Now you probably need to get the help of Chinese people. This is not an area I have any expertise in and I have no idea what records are available for the Chinese to consult. As a first step I would suggest that now you have a translation you try to make contact with some Chinese who would have a better idea of what records are available to you. I suspect there may be many as China is such an ancient and advanced society. So, compose a message in Chinese asking for advice or help and then post that here on Geni but also on Rootsweb mailing lists etc. There are Fongs on Geni so you never know...
Good luck and keep us posted.
FamilySearch.org just released digital images on Chinese genealogies. If you read the language, these may help. http://bit.ly/pc5Jbi
From familysearch.org (which is an awesome site), you could tell that it's not enough to know you are a Fong or Fang. You need to know where you are from, down to the county level, and chances are the site does not have your family. Given the population of China, and the long tradition of surname practice (well over 2000 years), you really need to specify which Fang you are. To the Chinese, the hometown is in effect part of your identity, and should be part of the surname (in fact it was used as a semi-formal address for many dignitaries in the past.) If Geni wants to better accomodate the Chinese users, a "name field" of hometown 籍貫 should be added.
Most people call the surname as Feng, but SE Asains call it as Fong.
Oh, and I found a Malaysian branch of my family via:
Uhh, anyone mind helping me translate the genealogy here?