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 was allowed to stay. Like many Chinese refugee children, James saw education as the way to success and he became a doctor, and later a leading historian and archivist of the Chinese community in New Zealand.
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