|YOUNG YUK FOON|
|Written by Lachlan|
|Tuesday, 31 July 2007|
aka Young Yee Fong
POLL TAX CERTIFICATE - When he arrived in 1922 he paid the £100 Poll Tax which is recorded at the Office of Ethnic Affairs here.
POLL TAX CERTIFICATE - When his father, Young Sai Sue arrived in 1899 he paid the £100 Poll Tax which is recorded at the Office of Ethnic Affairs here.
AS REMEMBERED BY HIS SON
Young Yuk Foon's outward life was that of a decent, capable individual typical of his generation. He worked hard, was a respected member of the Chinese community, was a helpful, friendly neighbour, dealt with others openly, kindly, fairly and honestly, provided more than adequately for his family, was a responsible father, lived to see his children prosper and bring up their own families, enjoyed his grandchildren and had a long, peaceful retirement.
LESLIE YOUNG - 25 JULY 2002
AS REMEMBERED BY A GRANDDAUGHTER
I would like to share some memories on behalf of the grandchildren about my grandfather, Ah Ya.
When my sister and I were young, we stayed with Ah Ma and Ah Ya in Levin. I remember sitting at a low, makeshift bench in the kitchen and making knawl kuk. Ah Ya gave me my own piece of dough, which I dropped on the floor several times before fashioning it into a pair of scissors and having it baked. More generally though, Ah Ya was the intermediary between Ah Ma and having to eat more food. With our limited Cantonese, Ah Ya would stick up for us and tell Ah Ma that we were full and didn't need to eat any more.
I remember that Ah Ya was really good at making things, particularly in wood. When we stayed in the holidays, I would periodically check what Ah Ya was doing in his shed. It was a bit of a mystery, but wooden creations popped up throughout the house. I think Ah Ya might have had an endless supply of light blue paint because this was the colour everything seemed to be painted.
I have Ah Ya to thank for our first pets - goldfish. After campaigning long and hard, mum decided we were allowed some goldfish. I remember catching three fish from the big pond at Levin and taking them home in the bucket in the car. Ah Ya of course had countless goldfish, three ponds and a tank inside. I remember being proud that our goldfish were from Levin, which was much better than any pet shop fish.
When Ah Ya moved to Wellington, he brought some goldfish too. He became less mobile and spent most of his time sitting in his chair reading. When he moved to Johnsonvale Home, I would visit him taking the newspaper. I think he was always thinking, and sometimes making very precise calculations. One time at Johnsonvale, from his bed he instructed me to move his chair a few centimetres one way and then the other, until it was perfectly positioned. He then told me to draw a circle on the lino around the base of the chair leg so that if the nurses moved the furniture, he would know where to place it.
At his last Home, Cashmere, Ah Ya was a lot quieter. He had long given up reading the paper, so when I visited I would occasionally take him flowers. It struck me that he might never have received so many flowers in his life, but he didn't seem to mind.
Goodbye Ah Ya. Thank you.
RETURNING TO CHINA
A hundred years after his father, Young Sai Sue, arrived in New Zealand in November 1899, two of Young Yuk Foon’s grandchildren are studying and preparing to return to possible careers in China.
Andrew Young is studying Modern Standard Chinese and Law at University of Queensland.
Here he has been asked to Compare and contrast the evolution of legal consciousness in China with that experienced in Australia.
Here he gives his view on the Constitutional significance of two recent cases decided in the High Court of Australia.
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