Interview with Ron Ng-Waishing
Ron Ng-Waishing born South China while parents were on holiday during Depression years in New Zealand. Brought up in Christchurch. Recalls leaving school aged 16, going to work in parent's market garden and later working in freezing works. Remembers becoming involved in Labour movement while at the freezing works. Comments on acceptance of Chinese Community. Explains that grandfather came to New Zealand as gold miner 1860-1865 (Central Otago). Gives reasons for Chinese succeeding - lack of religious barriers. Comments on Confucius' philosophy. Recalls moving to Auckland in the mid 1950s, leasing land in Papatoetoe and later purchasing in Mangere before moving to Pukekohe. Talks about racial discrimination and gives incidents. Comments on fighting for human rights in 1960s. Mentions politics in farming. Recalls standing, unsucessfully, as Labour Party candidate for Franklin in the 1963 election - first person of Asian descent to stand for Parliament. Discusses protectionism. Feels New Zealand Labour Party should have policy on racial discrimination part of its policy. Gives views on Immigration Law - helped change the immigration policy. Was awarded the Queens Service medal. Mentions Mike Moore.
Venue - Pukekohe
Interviewer(s) - Robert Paton
Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-006107-006108
Quantity: 2 C60 cassette(s). 1 printed abstract(s). 2 Hours Duration.
Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete AB-1368.
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Format: 2 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 2 Hours Duration, Oral historiesSee original record
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