Mr Van Cuong Truong, MBE 張志強先生,MBE


Date 13 March 2013 Interviewed by Rosa Kurowska 
Language English Audio Edited by Ben Fielden
Venue Lewisham Indo-Chinese Community Centre    

Mr. Van Cuong Truong, MBE is of Chinese heritage and came to England from Vietnam in the 1970s. Recognising the need for a Chinese language school in South London, he established the London Chinese Community School in 1982. Following the success of the school he established the Indo-Chinese Community Centre in 1984. Later he managed to raise funds for an expansion and built the current school premises in New Cross in 1998. Today the community project provides the following services:

• Chinese/Mandarin Language School and Chinese Language/Culture Summer Play Scheme.
• Indo-Chinese Community Self-Help Project.
• Home Care Services for Elderly People
• Community Day Centre Services for Elderly People
• Employment and Training Scheme
• Bilingual Day Nursery Services for children between 6 months and 5 year old

Mr. Truong has been awarded and honoured for his work with the Indo-Chinese community in London. In 1998, Mr Truong was invited to the Summer Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Following the successful establishment of the Indo-Chinese Community Centre, Mr Truong was honoured by the Major of London Ken Livingstone for making an outstanding contribution into Life of London in 2006. Further recognition of his work came in 2010 when he received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen and was subsequently invited to attend the Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Luncheon with the Queen where he was arranged to sit beside Her Majesty. More recently Mr Truong became an Olympic Torch Bearer, participating in the London Olympic celebrations in 2012.