What's New

30 January 2012 

James Ng's speech on Chinese history delivered  in Melbourne on 13 November 2011


12 November 2007 

Blog is now being done in real time! 


31 October 2007

I have started a new section on the Lawrence Chinese gold miners' camp.


30 October 2007

Check out my experimental blog. It includes images and links to Youtube movies. (Click Blog in the menu top of the page.)



10 October 2007

The search for the New Zealand Chinese identity goes on.


Following the third Banana Conference in Auckland, Brian O'Flaherty asks why the local Chinese were agonising over their identity and why they couldn't just get on with it.


James Liu provided an elegant response which should be required reading for all Chinese in New Zealand.


Tzeming Mok tells Brian to just stick it.


27 August 2007

I have added material on poet/playwright Lynda Chanwai-Earle to the section on Literature and the Arts.


16 August 2007

I join a panel of Asians to brief the staff at the Ministry of Culture & Heritage, in my case, on Chinese Culture in New Zealand.


14 August 2007

Added Julia Bradshaw's Newsletters for her Shantytown's West Coast Chinese Project.


11 August 2007

I have added the research essays and seminar presentation notes I wrote as part of my MNZS (Master of New Zealand Studies) degree course at Victoria University. Inevitably all of them are about aspects of the Chinese in New Zealand.

I have also grouped several papers in a new section on BICULTURALISM AND MULTICULTURALISM.

I have also added several papers to the section on POLITICS, SOCIETY AND CULTURE


On 1 August 2007

The site was entirely re-written using Joomla! giving it a much tidier appearance and also allowing updating from my desk.

In its November 2006 issue North & South magazine published an article entitled Asian Angst: Time to send some back? by Deborah Coddington. This provoked a furious letter of complaint from Tze Ming Mok.


November 2003

2003 has been an extremely busy year, which partly explains why this website hasn’t been updated since March.

In May I was invited by to contribute a paper entitled Politics and culture - The background and recent developments in the political culture of Chinese New Zealanders in the lecture series Chinese New Zealand organised by the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University.

Two other more relevant papers in the series were:

Nigel Murphy & Lynette Shum - ”Unsmeltered gold, Uncut Jade‘: Sources and Resources for the study of history of Chinese New Zealanders

Alison Wong - Writing Historical Fiction from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Also in May, I rather surprised myself by attending the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival and met some friends, old and new, who inspired me to start two new sections on this website: NZ CHINESE WOMEN and LITERATURE & ARTS the latter almost a subset of the former.

There is currently renewed interest and research into local Chinese history particularly as oral history – sufficient to justify a new section: CURRENT HISTORICAL RESEARCH.

During the year James Ng updated some of his history papers and added two more:

An overview of New Zealand Chinese writing - his contribution to the Wordstruck Conference in May 2003 which fits nicely into the Literature and the Arts section and

A laundry life - the story of how James Ng's family became kiwis.

While I’m at it, I thought I might as well create new sections for my hobby-horses POLITICS, SOCIETY & CULTURE, & IDENTITY.


In April through July I was a member of the Poll-tax Advisory Team working with the Office of Ethnic Affairs on a reconciliation package. A proposal has now been put to Cabinet for its decision – expected imminently.

In July, after a more than 10-year break, I was re-elected President of the Wellington Chinese Association.


Nigel Murphy curated A Barbarous Measure, the Poll Tax exhibition at the National Library and I was invited to participate in the supporting lecture series. In October I presented a paper To be happy for the rest of your life – Chinese market gardeners in New Zealand drawn largely from my own memories.


This paper led to a meeting with Radio NZ’s Jack Perkins and a Spectrum radio documentary in December entitled The Soy Sauce, 20 acres, Steamed Bun Paradise in which I re-visited my childhood days and Levin where I grew up in a market garden with my brother and sisters.


In between, I was invited to participate as a member of the Society and Culture Issues Group, developing and refining proposals to be presented at the Seriously Asia Forum 2003 in November organised by Asia 2000 at the request of the Prime Minister. I’m very chuffed that this website is cited as a resource and background reading for participants.


The Issues Group identified support for (Chinese) international students as a major issue for improving relationships with Asia. My wife Rosalind and I developed a paper Problems of (Chinese) International Students in New Zealand and how the community can help presented to Education New Zealand’s Homestay Co-ordinators’ Workshop 26 November 2003.


In December 2003, Professor Leslie Young was awarded an honorary doctorate, the inaugural Doctor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington.


You might agree that the delay has been justified and the wait worthwhile.


Oh yes, I also maintained a professional engineering practice during the year!




26 March 2003

Politics and culture - The background and recent developments in the political culture of Chinese New Zealanders by Steven Young - March 2003

16 December 2002

Winning essays, in a competition, organised by the Prime Minister, in which secondary students write about the life of the Chinese in early New Zealand.

Sienna Smale-Jackson

Christopher Burns
Bevin Gee

"Origins of Face Value" - a video produced by Amanda Dawes in which experts and people in the street discuss the difficulties Chinese have in being accepted as they try to integrate into New Zealand society

27 November 2002

The Immigration Debate - An Asia 2000 Paper - read the original here or the text version here.

Sir Dryden Spring's speech to the Hong Kong Business Association: 27 August 2002 you can read the text here or the original from the Asia 2000 website here.

20 November 2002

Chinese culture and aspects of health care - by Dr James Ng

Chinese in New Zealand - by Dr James Ng

Chinese goldseekers in Otago - by Dr James Ng

6 August 2002

Out of the Shadows: Emerging Politcal and Civil Participation of the Chinese in New Zealand by Dr Tim Beal, School of Marketing and International Business, Victoria University of Wellington, presented to.

Opportunities and Challenges: A New Zealand Perspective by Dr Tim Beal: Extracts from a Powerpoint presentation.

Chinese Participation in Civil Society, a short review by Steven Young.

Transition: Young Yuk Foon 1911-2002

23 May 2002

I was invited to attend the Chinese Canadian National Council’s Consultative Conference on their Head Tax and Exclusion Act redress held in Toronto, Canada on 2-5 May 2002. I presented a paper on The New Zealand Experience.

When I got back I reported on the Canadian approach to seeking redress for their Head Tax to the Community Consultation meeting held 21 May 2002 organised and held at the Office of Ethnic Affairs in Wellington.

We have now got the Speech given by Professor Kuan M Goh following the apology given at Parliament by the Prime Minister on 11 February 2002.

In addition, we have the Report of the first Community Consultation meeting held in Christchurch 5 May 2002.

Adding to the body of research on local Chinese, Wong Liu Shueng presented her paper The Moulding of the Silent Immigrants: New Zealand Born Chinese (NZBC) at the Auckland University of Technology on 15 May 2002.

Friday, 03 August 2007 New Title Steven Young 59565
Sunday, 22 July 2007 The Moulding of the Silent Immigrants Lachlan 71201
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Report of the first Community Consultation meeting Lachlan 64827
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Speech given by Professor Kuan M Goh Lachlan 64353
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Canadian approach Lachlan 66265
Sunday, 22 July 2007 The New Zealand Experience. Lachlan 71171
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Chinese Participation in Civil Society Lachlan 68684
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Opportunities and Challenges Lachlan 72272
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Chinese goldseekers in Otago Lachlan 102658
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Chinese in New Zealand Lachlan 465677
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Chinese culture and aspects of health care Lachlan 95001
Sunday, 22 July 2007 People and Partnerships: New Zealand's Asian Dimensions Lachlan 73858
Sunday, 22 July 2007 The Immigration Debate Lachlan 79167
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Origins of Face Value Lachlan 66315
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Bevin Gee Lachlan 64587
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Christopher Burns Lachlan 65378
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Sienna Smale-Jackson Lachlan 63017
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Politics and culture Lachlan 72366
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Honorary doctorate Lachlan 63079
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Problems of students Lachlan 67084
Sunday, 22 July 2007 To be happy for the rest of your life Lachlan 71704
Sunday, 22 July 2007 A Barbarous Measure Lachlan 62283
Sunday, 22 July 2007 reconciliation package Lachlan 61627
Sunday, 22 July 2007 POLITICS, SOCIETY AND CULTURE Lachlan 63448
Sunday, 22 July 2007 A laundry background Lachlan 66885
Sunday, 22 July 2007 An overview of New Zealand Chinese writing Lachlan 66620
Sunday, 22 July 2007 HISTORY OF CHINESE IN NZ Lachlan 60797
Sunday, 22 July 2007 CURRENT HISTORICAL RESEARCH Lachlan 62123
Sunday, 22 July 2007 LITERATURE AND THE ARTS Lachlan 61567
Sunday, 22 July 2007 NZ Chinese Women Lachlan 61462
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Writing Historical Fiction from a Cross-Cultural Perspective. Lachlan 68181
Sunday, 22 July 2007 ”UNSMELTERED GOLD, UNCUT JADE‘ Lachlan 65006
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Politics and culture Lachlan 60974
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 IDENTITY Lachlan 62457

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