Young people more open to fengshui, says expert
Way Fengshui's chief executive finds that the young have developed an interest in the practice
When Mr Mark Tan first took over as chief executive of Way Fengshui in 2015, modernising the business was an uphill task.
It did not help that his father is renowned fengshui grand master Tan Khoon Yong, who wanted his son to build on his own branding just as he had done before.
Mr Tan, 40, told The New Paper: "My father and I had this big disagreement because I wanted the company (and staff) to be more knowledgeable. I felt it was important to make fengshui more accessible to the masses."
He confessed that he had to struggle as he began to change the company's business model to cater to a bigger market. It also meant lowering consultation fees so that anyone who needed advice would find it affordable.
His efforts have paid off as the company's target audience has shifted towards millennials, who are more open-minded and have gradually developed an interest in fengshui. For a number of them, it is no longer deemed mere superstition.
"The older generation either believes or doesn't, but the younger generation is more open-minded and not bound by personal beliefs," said Mr Tan.
"And with the older generation, the advice we give is more instructional. The younger ones want to be more involved, so we spend more time explaining the actions and intentions."
Mr Tan said he knew from young he wanted to be a businessman, but the fengshui business was not among his cards.
While he did not really understand fengshui as a child, he was made to memorise formulas and different interpretations.
He said: "My father always believed I would take over the company, but for me, it was a choice."
When Mr Tan studied political science and economics in the United States, he learnt fengshui has two different schools of thought - a Western belief of energy and an Asian belief that things are more tangible.
For him, fengshui is a way to understand human behaviour.
"The advice I give is 60 to 70 per cent fengshui, and the rest is from personal experiences," said Mr Tan.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Way Fengshui has been conducting more online events. This has translated to bigger audience outreach, as people are able to tune in from the comfort of their homes.
Way Fengshui also rolled out an app, The Way Almanac, which provides details to assist fengshui and Chinese astrological calculations.
Mr Tan said: "Our goal is to reach more people... As a second-generation businessman, my responsibility is to sustain the legacy that my father built and allow the brand to continue to live on."
What to expect in the Year of the Ox
Tomorrow marks the first day of the Year of the Ox, which will be a season of overcoming difficulties, said fengshui master Mark Tan.
The Ox personality is all about overcoming difficulties and being persistent.
The year 2021 is a year of renewal and recovery, said Mr Tan. "It is also one filled with opportunities to make money and enjoy career progression."
One of the highlights of the year is the presence of strong benefactor luck.
Said Mr Tan: "If you want to be successful, you must adopt a teamwork mindset.
"For you to do well this year, you cannot do it alone, which is why I think a lot of cross-industry collaborations will happen."
He added: "Remember, no one can do things on their own. Everyone needs to lean on or work with others." - CLARISS CHIA
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