1997, English, Sound, Interview, lecture, talk edition: John Yu interviewed by Diana Giese in the Australians of the Year oral history project [sound recording]. Yu, John, 1934- (Interviewee)

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Physical Description
  • 2 digital audio tapes (ca. 83 min.)
Published
  • 1997 Jul. 10.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • John Yu interviewed by Diana Giese in the Australians of the Year oral history project.
Creator
  • Yu, John, 1934- (Interviewee)
Other Creators
  • Giese, Diana, 1947- (Interviewer)
Published
  • 1997 Jul. 10.
Medium
  • [sound recording]
Physical Description
  • 2 digital audio tapes (ca. 83 min.)
Series
Part Of
  • Australians of the year oral history project
Subjects
Playing Time
  • 01hrs 23min 24sec
Summary
  • Dr John Yu speaks of his early childhood memories including being smuggled out of besieged Nanking in a laundry basket; raising money for the War effort dressed in Chinese costume; visiting his grandparents' graves at Rookwood Cemetery; the history of his mother's family from Joshua Young Wai who came to the Victorian goldfields in 1867 and was later ordained a Presbyterian minister; how his mother went to Presbyterian Ladies College and his uncles to Scots College; how she and his father a Chinese govt. official met when he was visiting Australia and later married in China; how well he was raised in the family having much contact with adults for whom he and sister Betty sang and recited; his academic development at Fort Street High and then Sydney University following his uncle as the first Chinese medical graduate in Australia; why his uncle was breadwinner for his family; how he and his sister went to England on graduation.
  • Yu discusses his work at Hammersmith Hospital and providing medical checks at Australia House for potential migrants; some experience of racism; returning to Australia; becoming engaged in children's medicine and later at New Children's Hospital, Westmead; the advances in treating children; the role of the physical structure of the Hospital as integral to healing process; how his interest in art has grown; his plans following his imminent retirement.
Biography
  • Dr John Yu is a paediatrician, Chief Executive Director of the New Children's Hospital at Westmead, and 1996 Australian of the Year.
Notes
  • Preservation and user cassette copies made.
  • Recorded on July 10, 1997 in Sydney, N.S.W.
  • Digital master available ; National Library of Australia ; nla.obj-206348320.
  • Additional interviews with Dr John Yu is available in the National Library of Australia's Oral History and Indigenous Programs Collection at ORAL TRC 6900/‚Äč7.
Numbering Note
  • Detailed summary (1 leafe) and transcript (typescript, 52 leaves) available
Access Conditions
  • Access open for research and personal copies; written permission required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee.
Language
  • English
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