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Sunday, September 25, 2005

R.I.P. Joe Kum Yung

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Ceremony to mark the murder of Joe Kum Yung - actor representing Lionel Terry in the backgroundThis morning there was a ceremony on the corner of Tory and Haining Streets to mark the centenary of the racist murder of Joe Kum Yung by Lionel Terry. While Terry's action was that of a lone nutter, it's frightening to think of how much he was supported by the public at the time.

Nowadays it's hard to visualise a thriving Chinatown among the apartments, film studios and scrappy light industry of Haining St. There are a few visual reminders next door in Frederick St, but in a town as young as Wellington, history leaves just the faintest of physical traces.

5 Comments:

At 5:00 pm, September 25, 2005, Anonymous Nick said...

Whats up with the photo?

 
At 9:18 am, September 26, 2005, Blogger Tom said...

Fixed now. Pocket Artist sometimes does weird stuff when you save as jpeg, and I forgot to check the image before I uploaded it from my phone.

 
At 3:01 pm, October 08, 2005, Anonymous ryan said...

i am a chinese immigrant in NZ,however i write colums for newspaper in china. i am studying the story 100 ago ,and what i foucs is Lionel TERRY,not Joe Kum Yung,i have found the self portrait on which he described himself like a hawk.
http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/images/3069_3T27_Hocken.JPG
the nationalism is blooming in china these recent years,the purpose of my article is try to dissection the core value of Lionel TERRY and give my warning of this risky power.

 
At 11:52 am, October 10, 2005, Blogger Tom said...

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the link to the image. If you're interested in finding out more about the story, there's a display in the Museum of City & Sea (at Queens Wharf) that includes some photos and newspaper clippings.

 
At 8:17 pm, November 20, 2005, Blogger bush whacker said...

Ryan,
i was researching this in the National Archives yesterday - i don't know if you are still writing your column, but there is a good file of info there all about Terry (complete nutter, sentenced to death, but committed to the lunatic asylum instead), as well as a little information on Joe Yung and quite a bit on the racism in and around Haining St at the time.

 

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