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Ta-Yan Leong interviewed by Matthew Higgins [sound recording]
Bib ID 5432293
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Leong, Ta-Yan, 1946-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
5 sound files (ca. 255 min.) 
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Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Ta-Yan Leong, born in Malaysia (1946), discusses his family background; WWII; his parents and siblings; identifying with the Chinese-Malayan community; schooling and education; religion; university studies in Japan (from 1965); his studies at the Max Planck Institute in Germany; marriage and children; completing his PhD; studying at Stanford University, U.S. (1979); cultural differences between Asia, Europe and the U.S.; moving to Australia; working for the CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra (1982); his work with the CSIRO International Branch, particularly in China; his work in agricultural development and environmental projects; various projects throughout Asia; heading an Australia-China scientist exchange program; working with AusTrade throughout Asia; mentoring Chinese PhD students at CSIRO.

Leong discusses working in the Australian delegation to the Beijing Olympics (2008); reflections on the breadth of his CSIRO work; reflections on the frequency of his overseas travels and the impact of this on his family; his multilingualism and translating; receiving a CSIRO Lifetime Achievement Award; comments on the extent of the CSIRO's overseas involvements; working with ASEAN; his involvement in the Australian Academy of Science; his retirement and being an Honorary Fellow with CSIRO Land and Water; changes at CSIRO and how scientists have adapted; the CSIRO's contributions and achievements; multiculturalism, citizenship and identity.

Notes

Recorded on 7 and 11 July 2011 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.

Related Material Portraits of Dr Ta-Yan Leong during an oral history interview with Matthew Higgins at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, 7 July 2011 located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC NL40488 
Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (9 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 114 leaves) available. 
Subjects Leong, Ta-Yan, 1946- -- Interviews.  |  CSIRO -- History.  |  Research -- Australia -- History.  |  Scientists -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Relations -- China.  |  China -- Relations -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Higgins, Matthew, 1957-, Interviewer

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