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Sommee Gee Interview – Stories of Chinese New Zealanders


Fri 23 Feb 2018, 9:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 2 Mar 2018, 9:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Wellington Access Radio, 35 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: zoususan

Planning, organisation, recording and audio editing: Susan Zou
Interviewer, Project support: Lisa Yung
Interviewee: Sommee Gee

The “Stories of Chinese New Zealanders” is a series of interviews with descendants of Chinese people living in Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme looks at the history of their hard work, their settlement and development, integration into New Zealand society, and dedication to contribute and actively promote Chinese culture. The programme also introduces first generation Chinese New Zealanders’ experiences in studying, working and living in Aotearoa New Zealand.

On 23 February at 9–10pm, the broadcast is an interview of Sommee Gee. This broadcast will be repeated on 2 March. Sommee Gee was born in Shatou village, Guangdong province in China. During the war time, she was saved by her stepmother when a Japanese soldier shot at them.

In 1941, Sommee came to New Zealand at the age of 5 to join her father Wun On Wong and his family, but her father passed away not long after Sommee's arrival in New Zealand. Her brothers supported Sommee to attend boarding school in Masterton for 11 years. Sommee trained to become a primary school teacher in the mid-50s. Now she is retired.

We are grateful to the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust and the Wellington City Council for their financial support and Wellington Access Radio for supporting and hosting the programme.

The programme “Stories of Chinese New Zealanders” will be on air from 9 February to 31 August, every Friday at 9–10pm, on Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM. Tune in to listen to the 15 interviewees’ unique stories.

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