Joe Lai Choy opened The Shanghai Restaurant on the corner of Courtenay Place and Taranaki Street in 1948 with Ng Soon Wah. He also owned Yuen Tung & Co which was located on the corner of Haining and Taranaki Streets.
In 1933, he was the achieved the distinction of being the first Chinese person in Wellington to obtain a pilot's license.Archives New Zealand holds copies of his Naturalisation application.
- ↑ Chinese Voice 6 February 1997 issue http://www.stevenyoung.co.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=65&Itemid=29
- ↑ National Library: Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22736307 http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22736307
- ↑ Mr Joe Lai Choy, Who Is the First Chinese in Wellington to Obtain a Pilot’s License. (1933, September 9). Press, p. 22. http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19330909.2.156.6
- ↑ Archives New Zealand. (2018, November 4). Naturalisation - Application for - Joe, Lai Choy; Chung, Lilian Mrs (R24595044). Retrieved 20 November 2018, from https://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=24595044
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