'I was smuggled out of China when I was 12 years old'

I am from the first generation of Chairman Mao’s Red China. I was smuggled out of China when I was 12, at the greatest height of the Chinese famine when it is estimated 15 million people died from starvation over four years, between 1958 and 1962. 

Dr Andrew Kwong
Dr Andrew Kwong. Photo: Stephen Doyle

In the summer of 1962, I was smuggled under fishing junk in a secret tunnel. There were about half a dozen of us and we were smuggled into Hong Kong. 

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