16 Jul 2013

Asian Report for 16 July 2013 - Suzanne Chan On (Part 1)

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:30 pm on 16 July 2013

Suzanne Chan On recalls a hard working but colourful childhood in Auckland's Chinatown of the 1950s. "Chinese People's Street", or Tong Yan Gaai, as it was known to the Cantonese locals of the time, covered an area from Karangahape Road and Greys Avenue to Queen Street in Auckland's CBD. It was a thriving area full of entrepreneurial Chinese fruiterers, restaurants and merchants, not to mention the odd illicit gambling house and opium den!