The Golden Tide was produced by Sonia Yee for Radio New Zealand National. Photograph by Stan Chun.
"I have been truly inspired by the people I met on this journey. For me, as a second-generation Chinese New Zealander it brought things closer to home - real people and real stories that come from multiple and contrasting perspectives.
I interviewed more than 20 participants whose stories at times are unexpected and unsettling, funny and enlightening, but more importantly, reveal the diverse voices and experiences of one of New Zealand's long established communities. My aim for The Golden Tide is to push boundaries - culturally and creatively, to move beyond stereotypes and ultimately share this vision with a broad New Zealand audience...”
Special thanks to: The Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust, all the participants who gave their time so generously, Riki Gooch, Stephen Gallagher, Darren & Jason Pat, Esther & David Fung, Peter Kohing, George & Shirley Sue, Charles Mabbett, Jason McClelland, Matt Thompson, Phil Brownlee, Helena Nimmo, and my mentors; Jack Perkins and Phil Smith.