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John Yu interviewed by Diana Giese in the Australians of the Year oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 45085
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Yu, John, 1934-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies; written permission required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1997 Jul. 10 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 83 min.) 

Australians of the year oral history project.


Dr John Yu speaks of his early childhood memories including being smuggled out of besieged Nanking in a laundry basket; raising money for the War effort dressed in Chinese costume; visiting his grandparents' graves at Rookwood Cemetery; the history of his mother's family from Joshua Young Wai who came to the Victorian goldfields in 1867 and was later ordained a Presbyterian minister; how his mother went to Presbyterian Ladies College and his uncles to Scots College; how she and his father a Chinese govt. official met when he was visiting Australia and later married in China; how well he was raised in the family having much contact with adults for whom he and sister Betty sang and recited; his academic development at Fort Street High and then Sydney University following his uncle as the first Chinese medical graduate in Australia; why his uncle was breadwinner for his family; how he and his sister went to England on graduation.

Yu discusses his work at Hammersmith Hospital and providing medical checks at Australia House for potential migrants; some experience of racism; returning to Australia; becoming engaged in children's medicine and later at New Children's Hospital, Westmead; the advances in treating children; the role of the physical structure of the Hospital as integral to healing process; how his interest in art has grown; his plans following his imminent retirement.


Dr John Yu is a paediatrician, Chief Executive Director of the New Children's Hospital at Westmead, and 1996 Australian of the Year.


Recorded on July 10, 1997 in Sydney, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Related Material Additional interviews with Dr John Yu is available in the National Library of Australia's Oral History and Indigenous Programs Collection at ORAL TRC 6900/7. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Detailed summary (1 leafe) and transcript (typescript, 52 leaves) available. 
Subjects Yu, John, 1934- -- Interviews.  |  New Children's Hospital (Westmead, N.S.W.)  |  Chinese Australians -- Interviews.  |  Pediatricians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australian of the Year.  |  Children -- Hospitals -- New South Wales -- Westmead.
Occupation Doctors.  |  Hospital administrators.
Other authors/contributors Giese, Diana, 1947-, Interviewer


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