was born in Communist China. My father grew up in a rural farming village, in poverty. Two of his brothers died of hunger. My mother was from a wealthy family of landowners in the capital city at the time, but under Mao, the Party took everything from them.
When we came to England, we didn’t have very much. I remember living in a small house we shared with two or three other families, and the other kids being in awe that my parents could afford to buy me sweets. They couldn’t afford to pay for my two root canals (both before I was 20). Thank God for the NHS.