Mr Raymond Yip 葉志釗先生


Date 2 December 2013  Interviewed by Rosa Kurowska 
Language English Audio Edited by Ben Fielden 
Venue Haringey Chinese Centre    

Raymond Yip was born and raised in Hong Kong. He left Hong Kong to further his education, studying Economics and Business Administration degree at a university in Toronto, Canada and followed later by Philosophy degree at a university in Belgium.

During his 10 years in Toronto he got worked as an IT computer programmer, he worked in this capacity from 1975 to 1979. However, in 1980 Raymond moved away from Canada and between the years 1980 to 1995 lived and worked in a Flemish speaking area of Belgium. Whilst in Belgium he ran a catering business. Although he considered working in this industry as a waste of the skills he had developed whilst at university. Raymond noticed during his time in Belgium that the Chinese community had a number of needs that were not being met as Chinese people struggled with language. This led him to help as the Secretary of a Chinese community association; this association has been running since around 1980. In 1994-1995 Raymond was made Chair of the association until his departure.

As his children entered secondary school in 1997 Raymond moved to the UK for the benefit of an English language education for his children. Raymond moved to Palmers Green in 1998 and eventually moved to Haringey in 2005. He has been working at Haringey Chinese Centre since 1997 and currently works as the Centre Manager, a job which he has great passion for. He also teaches at the Centre's Chinese Language School which runs on Saturdays to teach the both the Cantonese and Mandarin language to children.