Chiu Kiunui

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |


A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives

The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.

Chiu Kiunui

Honoured by: Jack Chiang

No one has done more to ensure my survival, to guide me and to shape my character than my mother. I was born in China shortly after the Communist takeover. There was no welfare cheque or publicly-funded education. Everyone was poor, and we were poorer than most. Our family left China as refugees. We subsisted first in Macau, then Hong Kong. We depended on handouts from refugee organizations. We had nothing. Then my father died and my mother, in her early 40s, was left with six kids, no money and a lot of debts. My mother rented farmland to grow vegetables and raise chickens to support her children. She worked 18 hours a day. She never complained. She instilled in us the virtue of diligence over intelligence; of persistence over luck; and of self-reliance over self-pity. She taught me the value of education as a way to get out of poverty. These have been the guiding principles of my life. My mother was, and will always remain, a towering figure in my life.
~ Jack Chiang