John Sturgis

The sweet and sour sides of growing up in a Chinese takeaway

Angela Hui and her family fled China and arrived in a former mining town in South Wales in 1985

From mining to mein: a Chinese takeaway in the former mining village of Llanhilleth in South Wales [Robin Weaver/Alamy]

Angela Hui was born into a life of service: Chinese takeaway service. Her parents had fled mainland China, where they experienced borderline starvation under the communist regime before arriving as exotic newcomers to provincial South Wales in 1985. There they become part of a Chinese diaspora, financially sustained by dozens of family-run takeaways dotted across the Valleys.

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