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Chong Huang, Tay (3 of 30) Oral History of Wolff Olins.

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  • Recording date

    2002-01-25; 2002-03-12; 2002-04-12; 2002-09-12; 2002-09-16; 2002-10-01

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Oral History of Wolff Olins

  • Recording locations

    Wolff Olins offices, London

  • Interviewees

    Chong Huang, Tay, 1952- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: Tape 2 (F10716) Side A: Describing early family home which was an ever expanding bungalow- Mentions area changing from a rubber area to one full of grand buildings- Grandfather acquiring a lot of property and land- Tells family anecdote relating to this- Describes kneeling in front of grandparents as mark of respect during Chinese New Year- Grandmother still alive- TCH remembering visiting great grandmother and her having bound feet- Having very formal relationships with grandparents- Mother not allowing second wife into her household with TCH having little contact with second wife's five children although gets on well with them now- Not liking mother's dogmatism about who one could and could not see- Explains significance of eldest brother being first born and the eldest son as well as being the first grandson- Difficulty of this brother marrying out of the Chinese culture- Mentions none of his siblings have had an arranged marriage- The cultural difference between the households of the first and second wife- Being supported by parents over his choice to become a designer- Mother choosing not to learn English and rarely leaving home except for family occasions which were numerous- Bungalow being built in 1952 to suit climate- Explains family sleeping arrangements as well as how father accommodated both families into his life- Mother setting her servant free as well as continuing to support her in various ways- Describes a typical day when school was split into morning or afternoon with half of the year's attendance being one or the other- Breakfast being Ovaltine and soft boiled egg with soya sauce; home for lunch; homework and then an evening drive- Parents being very thrifty and only buying what was needed unlike other uncles- Allowed to gamble as a family ritual particularly at Chinese New Year-

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