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The Chinese in New Zealand: A Study in Assimilation - 1959

I was born in Canton, China, and attended Chinese schools there and in Hong Kong until 1939, when I came to New Zealand with my mother to join my father who had been here for over twenty years.

The first Chinese woman to gain a M A in New Zealand

From the Tung Jung Association website:

Bickleen Ng was the first Chinese woman to get a post-graduate degree in New Zealand, obtaining an MA in Education for her 1955 study of the assimilation of Chinese in New Zealand. This was published in 1959 with the title "The Chinese in New Zealand, a study in assimilation". Both thesis and book remain the standard works in the field. Born in 1930, she was the daughter of Ng Ting-fong from Nga Yiu village, who had come to New Zealand in 1924. She arrived in New Zealand with her mother as an eight-year old war refugee in 1939, settling on her father's orchard in Blenheim. She was educated in Wellington and at Otago University in Dunedin where she obtained her MA. She moved to Taiwan in 1956 where she taught at Taiwan Normal University. In the 1970s she retired to Auckland with her husband Wang Chefu. Bickleen Wang died in 1998.

Voice to my Suffering - Jean Hyland published by Orca 1999. Poems and two pieces of prose interpreting the author's conversation with Ng Bickleen Fong as she became paralysed with motor neuron disease. Tributes from Bickleen's funeral service and obituaries are included.

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Ng Bickleen Fong


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Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -36.867,174.767

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Family name:Ng
Given names:Bickleen Fong
Other names:Bickleen Wang
Clan name:Ng
Ancestral village:Nga Yeow
District of origin:Zengcheng
Date of birth:Canton
Place of birth:12 June 1930
Nationality:Chinese
Date of death:6 November 1998
Place of death:Auckland
Buried where:Purewa
Occupation:Scholar
Last known residence:Auckland
Name of father:Ng Ting-Fong

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