When he was born in Hong Kong on October 25th 1953, his parents, who came from north China, named him Cheung Tai Wai. He was the oldest of six brothers and sisters. He moves to Paris with his family in 1967, then enters the communal school of the rue de Beam, comes out at the age of 16 to work as a busboy, a cook then a waiter in a restaurant rue de Varenne. He has only one obsession: to integrate himself: "I kept thinking over and over: if I don’t learn the language, I won’t get anywhere, if I don’t find a way to integrate myself, I will end up dying in Chinatown.
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