Mrs Kim Chan 陳金彩女士


Date 19 March 2014 Interviewed by Scarlet Ma 
Language Cantonese Audio Edited by Sherri Wong
Venue East London Chinese Community Centre    

Kim Chan was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the sixth of seven siblings; she has three older brothers, two older sisters, and a younger sister. She studied and worked in radio production in Malaysia before she came to the UK in the 1970s with her partner who had been recruited as a presenter for BBC TV. They married and settled in London soon after moving. Once she had settled into life in the UK Kim established a Chinese school in Walthamstow with a friend. She also taught children Chinese language and Chinese traditional dance outside of school hours. Through these activities Kim became more involved with the Chinese community in East London and, recognising the need of a community centre there, in 1990 she established the East London Chinese Community Centre with the help of local funders and the Seafarers Community Centre nearby.

The East London Chinese Community Centre is based in Trussler Hall which is part of Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association, a local housing and community association. The centre provides a luncheon club, social activitis, tai qi classes, advice and support for mainly older members who are mostly of Chinese-Vietnamese heritage.