Veronika Zukas

Veronika Zukas

I want to thank CHMA for the opportunity of being part of their vibrant team.

Volunteering for CHMA has changed my view about Chinese culture. I could not have imagined that Chinatown has such a huge and interesting legacy in London.

I was able to see the other side of Chinese society and met lots of interesting and cheerful people because of my participation in their activities such as the Puppets Show, the Memory Lane event and other CMHA meetings.

I realise now that people in the Chinese community give a lot of efforts and energy for their culture in London. They are proud of their culture.

Mingyi Ruan

Mingyi Ruan

My experience in CMHA is one of the most precious memories I had in the UK. Through the volunteer activities in the Oral History project, I learned and benefited a lot.

The Chinatown Oral History Project of CMHA recorded the stories of many British Chinese. While some are outstanding, many are the ordinary people with touching stories to tell. Though I have not met them all, through editing the interview records, I could feel how tough their life were and how hard they worked for a better life in the UK. They are the people who established the London Chinatown step by step - lived together, helped each other and built the characteristics of the area gradually. CMHA's Oral History Project unraveled many stories that have never heard of.

As a volunteer, I can't express enough about how meaningful I feel this project is about.

The Project also revealed the development of London Chinatown to young children through puppet shows and art workshops. As I played a role in the puppet show and I was amazed when I saw the children so enjoyed the show.

Apart from all the work that I have involved in the Project, what makes me cherish this experience most is the people I met in CMHA. They are all kind and nice people and helped me a lot with patience. They are a group of optimistic spirit which inspires me in work and life. I made lots of new friends there and I really enjoyed working with them as a team.

My experience of volunteering in the Oral History Project would always encourage me to see the bright side of the life. I hope more people will be inspired like I did and join them!

Thank you Rebecca, Grace and Tina!