Mr Jun Chen 陳俊先生

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Date 16 January 2013 Interviewed by Jingxiang Shi
Language Mandarin Audio Edited by Jingxiang Shi
Venue Chen's House, London Translated by Han Tao

Jun Chen was born into a poor peasant family in Ganjiang County of Yangzhou City in Jiangsu Province in China. He spent only two years in school and had to make a living in Shanghai as a barber's apprentice at the age of 12 by virtue of the saying “Three Knives in Yangzhou” – a phrase which stipulates people from Yangzhou are skilled in the three trades of hairdressing, tailoring and catering. Introduced by a hometown fellow, Jun Chen went to work at "Sunning" Hairdresser's in Hong Kong, when he was 20. His customers included celebrities such as Chao Yung Tung and Boon-Haw Aw. He was then recommended by a British Chinese to work in the Hong Kong Hair Salon in Monmouth Street in London's West End in 1966. He took over the salon and became its owner a year later. He then established another barbershop, "China Beauty Salon" in London's Chinatown the following year. Jun Chen was also involved in catering and opened the "Luxuriance Restaurant" in Chinatown in 1980 specialising in Peking cuisine. Ten years later, in 1990, he established the "Lux II" in Surrey. Jun Chen was engaged in various Chinese community activities throughout the years and was appointed to important positions with several society organisations. He was enthusiastic about promoting the public good and spared no effort to help students in need. Jun Chen is now in his eighties and enjoys a happy family life in London.

(Profle translated by: Rachel Yang)