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James Ng

James Ng

James Ng came to New Zealand from China as a five-year-old refugee during the Second World War. He, his mother and siblings joined his father, who for many years had been running a laundry business in Gore. Although at first they had temporary residence permits only, after the war anti-Chinese legislation was relaxed and the family were allowed to stay. Like many Chinese refugee children James saw education as the way to success and he became a doctor. Now he is a leading historian and archivist of the Chinese community in New Zealand.

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Manying Ip, 'Chinese - Post-war changes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4105/james-ng (accessed 22 September 2017)

Story by Manying Ip, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015