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Chong Huang, Tay (5 of 30) Oral History of Wolff Olins.
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2002-01-25; 2002-03-12; 2002-04-12; 2002-09-12; 2002-09-16; 2002-10-01
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Oral History of Wolff Olins
Wolff Olins offices, London
Chong Huang, Tay, 1952- (speaker, male)
Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)
Part 5: Tape 3 (F10717) Side A: Discipline being implicit with mother caning for transgressions- Explains relationship in this respect between father and mother- School starting at seven with pre-school starting at around six- Enjoying kindergarten- Mothers accompanying children on first few days- Attending good state schools- Shift system because of volume of students- Not remembering much- Boys and girls studying at separate schools- Comments on high achieving siblings with his response to aim to get by- Sitting exam to go on to secondary school at twelve- Tests to move on in secondary school as well- Luck of meeting the first year of multiple choice tests but lack of luck in not getting into the revered Victoria Institution when entry regulations changed- Favourite subjects art and English- Enjoying societies; becoming president of the Photographic Society and secretary of the Librarians' Club where students helped run the library- Expands on extra activities- More on gap between himself and his rather elite siblings- Identifying more with ordinary people and things- Relates to fairy tales and to his experience of life- Being prevented from going to a Malay village to visit a friend after the disturbances of the late sixties- Explains role of religion in the events as well as learning that he may not have survived if he had visited during the events- Describes difference between a Malay home and his own- More details of the riots- Dislike of racism even at an early age-