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Yee Ming Leung
Oral history interview conducted by Ka-Kam Chui
September 08, 1993
Call number: 1994.007.19
0:01 - 家庭介绍, 从1969年开始定居布鲁克林, 在加州上大学 Introducation of family, settling in Brooklyn since 1969, college in California
5:57 - 在布鲁克林的童年, 作为新移民面对的语言困难和教育 Childhood in Brooklyn, language barrier and education faced as a new immigrant
25:32 - 在山丘上采摘蔬菜, 在康尼岛钓螃蟹和其他娱乐 Picking vegetables from the hills, crab fishing at Coney Island, and entertainment
34:23 - 追忆10年的加州生活, 教书生涯,面对越南难民 Recollecting 10-year memories of California, teaching career and facing Vietnamese refugees
49:14 - 竞选第20区学区委员,推动8大道华人社区的教育 A campaign run for the District 20 school board, pushing education for 8th Avenue Chinese community
58:33 - 竞选结果, 帮助三个溺水身亡的陈氏兄弟及其家庭 The outcome of the campaign, helping the three drowning Chin Brothers and their family
Oral History Interview with Yee Ming Leung
Yee Ming Leung was born in Hong Kong, China circa 1958, immigrated to America at age eleven, and settled in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. Leung attended public schools during school integration; the experience shaped his views of the American melting pot. After attending the University of the Pacific, Leung spent ten years in California as a teacher and owner of an import-export business. He returned to New York City to help his sister's growing restaurant business. Leung became a restaurateur himself with the opening of Oriental Palace in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. At the time of the interview in 1993, Leung sat on Community Board 4 and had recently lost his first campaign for a seat on the school board of District 20.
In this interview, Yee Ming Leung describes his teenage assimilation to American culture; a childhood of "Chinese" activities such as catching crabs on Coney Island or stealing nuts from neighbors' trees, as well as playing baseball and watching football or movies with his new American friends. Leung recalls his life as a businessman and, later, a restaurateur. He discusses his campaign and motivations for running for a seat on the School Board, Chinese attitudes towards voting, and his activities as an activist and member of Community Board 4. Interview in Cantonese conducted by Ka-Kam Chui.
Brooklyn Historical Society collaborated with the Chinatown History Museum (now the Museum of Chinese in America) in order to conduct a series of oral histories with residents of the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Cantonese, Mandarin, and English language interviews focused on what was then a new presence of Chinese and Asian immigrants concentrated along Eighth Avenue. Among the topics that are explored in the interviews are tensions between different groups of Chinese immigrants, crime and safety in the neighborhood, Sunset Park's relationship to Manhattan's Chinatown, and how long-term residents of Sunset Park had adjusted to the area's "newcomers."
CitationLeung, Yee Ming, Oral history interview conducted by Ka-Kam Chui, September 08, 1993, New Neighbors: Sunset Park's Chinese Community records, 1994.007.19; Brooklyn Historical Society.
- Community Board No. 4 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
- Leung, Yee Ming
- Chinese Americans
- Community activists
- Community identity
- Cultural assimilation
- English as a second language
- School districts
- School integration
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
- Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
- Hong Kong (China)
- Sunset Park (New York, N.Y.)
Finding AidNew Neighbors: Sunset Park's Chinese Community records