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Henry Tsang interviewed by Diana Giese for the Post-war Chinese Australians oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 255238
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Tsang, Henry, 1942- interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1998 Mar. 3 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 88 min.) 

Post-war Chinese Australians oral history project.


Tsang, an architect, principal partner in Tsang and Lee Architects and Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, speaks of how his family fled from Guangxi province in China at the time of the 1949 Revolution, how as a youth he was sent out to Australia in the early 1960s with a duty to work hard enough to bring out his brothers and sisters, his period at Vaucluse Boys High School, how he had great trouble with English but had to pass his exams in order to renew his visa, how he worked as a bus conductor to get him through university where he studied Architecture, later got a part-time job in an architectural firm while still studying, on graduating formed a company with his present partner George Lee, after post-graduate work on building sites he obtained a Green Card and migrated to the United States, later returned to Australia to look after his younger brother who eventually became a dentist, explains the strong family ties in his family and the extent of their community involvement, his own experience of Australian culture and encounters with prejudice in institutions, accounts for the upsurge in racism to economic downturn and harder times for Australian families looking for a scapegoat.

Tsang discusses the importance of tourism especially from local Asian countries, his views on multiculturalism as maintaining own culture but sharing it with all Australians as a type of cultural enrichment, the importance of the revival of Sydney's Chinatown such as promoting joint ventures with Chinese investors overseas which set up the Chinese gardens at Darling Harbour, his heart attack, how he became involved in local politics and joined the Labor Party because of its social justice policies, how Chinese have come to feel they belong to Australia through the promotion of multiculturalism in the past twenty years, his ambition to lead Sydney into a new century as the Mayor as a message to Asian people that they can be an integral part of Australian community and leadership, his understanding of Australia's current strengths and weaknesses, the legacy he wants for his children.


Recorded on Mar. 3, 1998 in Sydney, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary (1 p.) and completed transcript (typescript, 56 leaves) available. 
Subjects Tsang, Henry, 1942- -- Interviews.  |  Chinese -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Chinese Australians -- Interviews.  |  Mayors -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- Interviews.  |  Architects -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Giese, Diana, 1947- interviewer


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