Angela was truly an inspirational role model for all women in Wales. She touched the lives of many making a real positive difference, providing advocacy, advice and support to the Chinese population in Cardiff, particularly its women and giving a voice to those that didn’t feel they had one.
Angela arrived in the UK aged 16 from Hong Kong, speaking limited English and facing vast cultural differences, however her positive attitude and tireless work made an immeasurable difference to the lives of many Chinese women living in Wales.
Marrying at 19, she and her husband established a take away business in the city. However, this meant working unsociable hours and Angela observed the effects of a restricted social life on the women in her community, with many Chinese women feeling isolated, lonely and with limited English unable to access basic services such as health.
She began accompanying the women to GP appointments and supporting with translation, eventually setting up the South Wales Chinese Women Association in the mid-1980s at Riverside Community Centre, where soon over 50 women were meeting weekly. It was a chance for them to talk and take part in activities such as cooking, sewing, English lessons, computer classes, family social events and day trips.
Unfortunately, in the late 1980s, the centre burned down, however, undeterred Angela formed a new organisation, Cardiff Chinese Community Service Association, again providing advocacy, advice and events for the growing Chinese population of Cardiff.