Date
22 January 2017
A half-Chinese and half-Peruvian, Fernando Cheung  was already an activist fighting for the rights of Chinese-Americans while studying at UC Berkeley. Photo: YouTube
A half-Chinese and half-Peruvian, Fernando Cheung was already an activist fighting for the rights of Chinese-Americans while studying at UC Berkeley. Photo: YouTube

Lawmakers with interesting overseas experience or background

In my column last week I talked about some Legco candidates who have interesting or little-known overseas experiences. 

This week, at the request of readers, I am going to talk about more of them.

There are quite a number of bilingual or even multilingual lawmakers in the Legislative Council. Among them is Claudia Mo, a former TV news reporter who speaks fluent French.

She joined the French news agency AFP as a French-speaking reporter after earning a degree in journalism in Canada back in the ’70s.

Over the years, French media often quote and interview her in French whenever they cover news in Hong Kong, and over time, she has become our city’s de facto goodwill ambassador to the French-speaking world.

Apart from Mo, Abraham Shek Lai-him also speaks fluent French. In fact, he had been learning French in secondary school in Australia for six years even before he got his university degree there.

Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung of the Labour Party may be widely known for his devotion to the cause of civil rights, but perhaps little-known is that his family came from South America.

Cheung is half-Chinese and half-Peruvian. He was educated in the United States and got his PhD at University of California, Berkeley.

When Cheung was studying at UC Berkeley he was already an activist fighting for the rights of Chinese-Americans.

Paying tribute to his contributions, local authorities in Berkeley, California, have officially designated Sept. 13 as “Dr. Fernando Cheung’s Day”.

Also educated in the US were James Tien Pei-chun and his younger brother Michael Tien Puk-sun.

Michael Tien got his bachelor’s degree from the world-renowned Cornell University, and then went on to earn his MBA from Harvard.

Newcomer Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu representing the Civic Party also has interesting overseas experiences.

His family emigrated to Canada when he was a child. He got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario.

He then went on to pursue his studies in China and the United Kingdom, earning a master of laws in constitutional and administrative laws from Peking University and a master of arts in legal studies from University of Bristol.

Yeung is one of a handful of lawyers in Hong Kong who have undergone legal training both in the UK and mainland China.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Sept. 30.

Translation by Alan Lee

[Chinese version 中文版]

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CG

Associate professor and director of Global Studies Programme, Faculty of Social Science, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Lead Writer (Global) at the Hong Kong Economic Journal

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