TALK BY MR. BENNY TAI YIU TING

 

Date: 10th Marth, 2015

Mr Benny Tai shared with us his thoughts on the democratic development of Hong Kong on 10th March, 2015.

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (AO) CAREERS BRIEFING

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Date: 23rd April, 2015

Our society has been very privileged to be addressed over the years by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in London at our Administrative Officer (AO) Career Briefings.

This year, Ms Noel Pun, the Deputy Director-General of the HKETO spoke to us about career as an Administrative Officer in HKSAR government.

Administrative Officer (AO) is one of the most sought after occupations amongst graduates. It is a career that provides a wide range of opportunities to engage in government work and a chance to serve the community of Hong Kong.

This is a unique opportunity for members to explore and find out more about the application for, and the career prospects of, the position of Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong Government.

 

IN DIALOGUE WITH MRS ANSON CHAN

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Date: 27th April, 2015

Our society is honoured to have Mrs. Anson Chan to discuss the political and social situation in Hong Kong against the backdrop of developments in the mainland with us.

Mrs. Chan, GBM, GCMG, CBE, JP, is the former Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. She retired in 2001, after nearly forty years of service. She was the first woman and the first Chinese to hold the second-highest governmental position in Hong Kong.

In recent years, as the convenor of Hong Kong 2020, a political group launched in 2013, Mrs. Chan has taken a prominent role in the campaign for full universal suffrage for election of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive and all members of the Legislature. In 2007 she stood as a candidate in a by-election for a seat in the Legislative Council and won by a convincing margin. Mrs. Chan is well known for her stand on transparent and accountable government, on democracy and on safeguarding the rights and freedoms enshrined in the “one country, two systems” concept that applies to Hong Kong.

 

CUHKCAS DOCUMENTARY SERIES - JUNE 4TH

Date: 4th June, 2015

This is the first of the Documentary Night Series held by CAS, where members are invited to join us in watching a documentary/movie on different social issues, followed by a short discussion to share with others thoughts surrounding the theme.

CUHKCAS hosted documentary night on June 4th - spending the night watching the documentary "The Tank Man" by Antony Thomas in remembrance of the Tiananmen Square Incident of 1989. A discussion session followed after the documentary.

 

CUHKCAS FRESHERS DINNER 2015

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Date: 23rd August, 2015

 

 

CUHKCAS 'REFLECTIONS' ANNUAL YOUTH CONFERENCE 2015

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University of Cambridge Hong Kong and China Affairs Society
"Reflections" Annual Youth Conference 2015 ‖
Hong Kong: Principles and Prospects

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「思索香港」青年峰會 2015 ‖香港:框架.前景

Theme:
In light of the 25th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Basic Law and the founding of our Society, this year’s conference serves to be an impartial platform to explore the 25 years' of progression, position and the future prospect of Hong Kong politically, economically and socially, under the rubric of our core principles and values.

The principle of ‘One Country Two Systems’ is widely considered as the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s success and prosperity. Reflecting on the recent political actions from both Hong Kong and Beijing, has the Basic Law been accurately and fully implemented? What role does or should Beijing play in Hong Kong’s political affairs? Reviewing on the impact of the rise of Shanghai and other Asian countries and the recent political instability, is our competitive edge as an international financial centre under challenge? Re-examining on persistent housing issues which Hong Kong is infamous for, will housing be more affordable and readily available in the near future?

This conference aims to delve into these questions and explore every possibility.

Date & Time:
15 August 2015 (Saturday) 10:00am* - 5:00pm
16 August 2015 (Sunday) 10:00am – 4:00pm
*Registration at 09:30am

Venue: P3, Chong Yuet Ming Physics Building, University of Hong Kong

Supporting Universities:
Bath Public Affairs and Social Service Society
Chinese University Hong Kong Socius
Durham University Hong Kong Society
Exeter University Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society
King’s College London Public Awareness and Social Service Society
London School of Economics Student’s Union Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society
Nottingham University Public Affairs and Social Service Society
Oxford University Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society
Politics and Public Administration Association SSS, University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Sheffield Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society
Sussex Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society
University College London Union Public Affairs and Social Service Society
Warwick Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society
York Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society

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Programme:

Date: 15 August 2015 (Saturday)

9:30am - 10:00am
Registration

10:00am - 10:30am
Opening
➢ President Welcoming Speech
➢ Welcoming speech by Dr Sir David Li Kwok-po, GBM, GBS, JP, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Bank of East Asia, and a former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and the Executive Council of Hong Kong

10:30am - 12:30am
Panel session I: The 25th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Basic Law and its implementation
➢ Dr. Eugene Chan ,JP, Convenor of the Working Group of Overseas Community under the HKSAR Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee
➢ Mr. Eric Cheung, Principal Lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
➢ Mrs. Regina Ip, GBS, JP, Member of the Legislative Council, Executive Councilor
➢ Mr. Dennis Kwok, Member of the Legislative Council
➢ Mr. Alan Leong, SC, Member of the Legislative Council, Leader of the Civic Party
(In alphabetical order)

Description:
As the Hong Kong Government celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Basic Law, this also meant Hong Kong stepped into the 18th year of the Handover and the implementation of the Basic Law. At this point, it is important to reflect whether the implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong was a success. Last year, Beijing released a white paper on Hong Kong stating that it has ‘complete jurisdiction’ over the territory and is the source of its autonomy. Not long ago, China passed the newly amended National Security Law, demanding responsibilities to maintain territorial integrity.

How has these recent actions from Beijing signal their viewpoint on the Basic Law over time? And has the Basic Law clearly indicated Hong Kong’s future path, if, when Beijing takes it differently from our expectations? This panel discussion aims to explore how well was the Basic Law practiced in Hong Kong since the Handover and to deconstruct Beijing’s picture on “One Country, Two Systems”.

12:30pm - 02:00pm
Lunch

02:00pm - 03:00pm
Keynote Speech: Internet and Political Activism of the Youth: The Umbrella Movement of Hong Kong
➢ Professor Wilson Wong, Associate Professor of the Department of Government and Public Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

03:00pm - 05:00pm
Panel session II: Hong Kong’s Competitive Edge: Challenges and Potential
➢ Professor Kwok Kwok-chuen, BBS, JP, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Hong Kong
➢ Mr. Kenneth Leung, Member of the Legislative Council
➢ Professor Francis Lui, Department of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
➢ Mr. Charles Mok, JP, Member of the Legislative Council
➢ Sir David Tang, KBE, Cheverlier de l'Ordre de Arts et Lettres, Founder of the China Club
(In alphabetical order)

Description:
Hong Kong has long prided itself in being the Asian economic powerhouse, being the gateway to the Chinese market. However, whether this claim still holds to be true is debatable, for mainland cities such as Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou are on the rise in terms of their economic performance. Outside of China, Singapore also poses itself as another regional rival. Will neighbouring countries surpass and outperform Hong Kong? What are some of the existing comparative advantages that Hong Kong still holds, and how can they be further developed for the betterment of Hong Kong? Can these challenges be harnessed to become HK’s strengths? This panel discussion aims to delve into these questions about Hong Kong’s competitive edge in aspects such as trade, business, finance, the interrelationship between the performance and policies neighbouring countries and the impact of the recent societal developments on the perception of HK as a business hub.

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Date: 16 August 2015 (Sunday)

9:30am - 10:00am
Registration

10:00am - 11:00am
Keynote Speech on refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong
➢ Ms. Patricia Ho, Associate (specializing in judicial
reviews and public law work), Daly & Associates

11:00am - 1:00pm
Panel Session III: The new definition of PDA: Property Hegemony, Demand-supply imbalance and Affordability
➢ Mr. Lai Kin-kwok, Convenor, Platform of Concerning Subdivided Flats Issue
➢ Mr. Shih Wing-ching, Founder, Centaline Property Agency Limited and am730
➢ Mr. Marco Wu Moon-hoi, Chairman, Hong Kong Housing Society
➢ Professor Yip Ngai-ming, Subject Leader of Urban Studies, Department of Public Policy, The City University of Hong Kong
(In alphabetical order)

Description:
The meaning of the acronym PDA that you are familiar with is probably ‘Public Display of Affection’. However, in light of the current situation in Hong Kong, we can devise a new definition and meaning for it. Property Hegemony, Demand-supply imbalance and the Affordability problem primarily caused by mismatch of skyhigh property price and relatively stagnant salary, are some of the main constituents of the acute housing shortage and social ‘norms’ such as subdivded flats in Hong Kong. Despite various measures proposed by the government in recent years, the chance to climb up the property ladder is still minute. In times of political instability and deteriorating competitiveness, how can Hong Kong manage to juggle the jars and does the housing problem remain a priority of the government?

This panel discussion aims to dissect the housing shortage predicament from economic, social and political perspectives and to hopefully offer some new insights to the long rooted housing problem.

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch

2:00pm -3:30pm
“Solve the Society” Case Competition
(Application is now open. Please contact our committee members for further information.)

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Prize Presentation and Closing Ceremony

 

CUHKCAS 22nd ANNUAL INTER-UNIVERSITY QUIZ

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Our 22nd Annual Inter-University Quiz had an unprecedented 18 universities participating in this intellectually stimulating battle of knowledge and wit on various topic, ranging from sports to current affairs.

CUHKCAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

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Date: January 3, 2016

Established in 1990, CUHKCAS was set up with the aim of broadening and promoting understanding of economic, social and political affairs in Hong Kong and China amongst students at Cambridge and beyond. Our Society seeks to develop communication and exchange between the East and the West, enlightening minds on key issues that the Greater China region is currently facing through debates, serious prospective discussions and exchange trips. Upholding our visions for more than two decades, we have a membership base of over 1,000 life members, mostly from Hong Kong, of which several hundred remain active as students at Cambridge. Dr. The Hon Sir David Li, Pro-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong and The Rt. Hon. The Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, former Governor of Hong Kong, are the Society’s Honorary Patrons.

Our 25th Anniversary comes at a time of increasing uncertainty in Hong Kong. Despite the growing tensions of a post-Occupy city and the challenge of maintaining rational debate amid polarised opinions, we remain committed to the aims set out in our constitution, fully recognising the diversity of views in our community and seeking actively to affirm the common ground we share therein. Our recent work among the student community in Cambridge includes numerous speaker events during term time, and more recently, our flagship event – the ‘Reflections’ Annual Youth Conference and the Solve our Society Case Study Competition.

We are honoured to have the Hon. Andrew Li, GBM, CBE, JP, our Honorary Member and Dr. Louis Cheung, our Honourary Advisor and a Founding Member of CUHKCAS as the Guests of Honour and Keynote Speakers for the 25th Anniversary Dinner.