Kim Man CHUNG

Kim Man CHUNG

“We overcame hardships to make a living and I hope they remember this part of history. The second and third generations of the Chinese community have already integrated into British society, they should refrain from any rebellious behaviours.”


Kim Man CHUNG
Retired Take Away Shop Owner

Origin - Mainland China


Mr. Kim Man Chung was employed to come and work in the UK as a Noodle Master while he was in Hong Kong in 1969. He worked in the noodle factory in Chinatown for seven years, eventually gathering enough savings to open a Chinese take-away. To him, being his own boss was about improving the quality of life for his family and to provide a better education for his children. Kim Man Chung and his wife were the only workers in the take-away shop and so he had to get up early in the morning, do his shopping in the market, come back to the shop to complete the preparation work, then non-stop cooking and frying for the rest of the day. As for his wife, she would sit by the counter answering phone calls and taking orders while looking after their children at the same time. This life style may sound hard to many, but not to Kim Man Chung. According to him, the real hard life, was being born during Second World War under a Communist regime. Kim Man Chung’s father worked with the Chinese government during the Chinese Revolution and as a consequence he was tortured constantly. Unfortunately, being his son, Kim Man Chung suffered alongside his father. To escape this torment Kim Man Chung swam for over ten hours and managed to sneak into Hong Kong. Having been through that, life is a blessing; nothing will be too hard to deal with.