In the spirit of Ingat-Ingat [to remember], the exhibition is dedicated to all NHS workers we have lost through the pandemic, as well as those who have been part of all these journeys in the exhibition who are no longer with us.
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Told by the people themselves, curated by Becky Hoh-Hale the daughter of Malaysian-Chinese psychiatric nurse Hoh Min Leong (Leon) who came to Essex, UK, in 1975 to train with the NHS and has been here ever since.
Each person's story is researched and compiled by their children and
grandchildren. Building a bridge between between two worlds and a nod to the
legacy of love left, not only in their workplace but in the families created here too.
The UK has one of the highest levels of foreign-born nurses in the EU, with an estimated 40,000 Filipino staff currently employed in the NHS, all because of the people you see here pioneering and paving the way. It has extra poignancy because of the way the NHS has carried us through the pandemic and of course the fact that ESEA staff have been disproportionately affected.
"For me it is two stories, our parent's original journey of leaving home, a leap of faith into the unknown, working hard and carving a place for your self somewhere new. But there is a second sub-story, that is the healing power of giving space to that journey that we are not always privy to, for us kids that were born here as a result. A connection to a place we are not always sure is our's and a moment of enlightenment and reverence to that one decision made all those year's ago by a mother or father we were yet to know."
~ Becky Hoh-Hale