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Breakfast Launch - The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong 1997-2014

The Zubin Foundation, in partnership with the Centre for Comparative and Public Law(CCPL), the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, is proud to launch “The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong 1997-2014”. This is the first coherent report that reviews research on ethnic minorities and make suggestions for future policy and focus by policy makers, employers, educators, grant givers and NGOs. The report covers all aspects of life of ethnic minorities including:

  1. Perception of EM & Self-Perception
  2. Language & Cultural Barriers
  3. Education
  4. Employment
  5. Poverty
  6. Marriage & Family
  7. Health
  8. Law enforcement & Crime

Details of the Event

Date: Wednesday 23 September 2015

Time: 8:30am

Venue: Main Dining Room, The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong

Contribution: HK$380 per guest (This is a donation to The Zubin Foundation - as the venue is kindly being sponsored by the Consulate General of the United States of America.)

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Welcome and Introduction


Key Observations and Recommendations

  • Shalini MAHTANI, Co-Founder and Chair, The Zubin Foundation


Launch of the Research

  • Puja KAPAI, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong


Panel Discussion –
“Critical Issues Facing Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong”


  • Shalini MAHTANI, Co-Founder and Chair, The Zubin Foundation


  • York CHOW, Chairperson of Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC)
  • Phyllis CHEUNG, Executive Director of the HK Unison
  • Meena DATWANI, Director-General (Enforcement), Hong Kong Monetary Authority
  • Robin HU, Chief Executive Officer of the SCMP Group
  • Vivek MAHBUBANI, Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up comedian






End of the Event

Speaker Profiles:

Puja Kapai

Puja Kapai, Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law, of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong; Author of "The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong 1997-2014"

Puja Kapai is a permanent resident of Hong Kong, which is her home since she was born. She qualified and practiced as a Barrister of the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR before joining academia in 2005. She is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong where she serves as the Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law, Director of the Summer Social Justice Internship Programme and Chairs the Equal Opportunity Committee’s Working Group on Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and Race. Puja’s research expertise lies in human rights, multiculturalism, citizenship and in particular, the rights of minorities, including children and women. She has published internationally in reputable international presses, including Cambridge University Press, Ashgate, the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review and the Asian Journal for Comparative Law. She has led numerous research studies commissioned by local and international organisations, including most recently, a research grant from the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF on children’s rights education and concluded a project on Help-Seeking Behaviours to Domestic Violence Among Ethnic Minority Women. Puja sits on the board of and is consultant to various NGOs in Hong Kong, including Hong Kong Unison and the Asian Migrants Centre. She also serves as a Co-Opted Member of the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission’s Policy and Research Committee. Puja is the recipient of the Overseas University Fellowship and was most recently awarded the International Women of Courage Hong Kong Award 2015 by the Secretary of State of the United States of America.

Shalini Mahtani

Shalini Mahtani, MBE, Co-Founder and Chair of The Zubin Foundation; Editorial contributor and report reviewer of "The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong 1997-2014"

Shalini is Founder of The Zubin Foundation, set up to honour the life of her son Zubin he died suddenly at the age of 3.The focus of The Zubin Foundation is on critical issues that receive little attention in Hong Kong. The Foundation works on patient safety and quality of care in hospitals, racial integration and special education needs of non-Chinese speakers. Shalini is Founder and previous CEO of Community Business, a unique NGO that works in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Diversity & Inclusion.Shalini has been instrumental in advocating for companies involvement in their local communities and bringing diversity to corporates in Asia. Amongst her many accolades, Shalini received the Excellence Award from the Indian Association of Hong Kong in 2014. She was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009. In 2008, Shalini was awarded an MBE from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for services to corporate social responsibility in Hong Kong. In 2005, She was awarded the “Chief Executives Commendation for Community Service” by the Hong Kong SAR Government.  

York Chow

Dr. York Chow, Chairperson of Equal Opportunities Commission

Dr. York Yat-Ngok Chow was appointed as the Chairperson of Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in April 2013.  Dr. Chow is an orthopaedic surgeon by profession.  Prior to joining the EOC, Dr. Chow served as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon of Princess Margaret Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital respectively from 1983 to 1992.  He was appointed Hospital Chief Executive of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1992 and Hospital Chief Executive of Queen Mary Hospital in 2001.  He was subsequently appointed Cluster Chief Executive of the Hong Kong West Cluster of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority in 2002.  He was appointed by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government as the Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food from 2004 to 2007, and again as the Secretary for Food and Health from 2007 till 2012.

 Phyllis Cheung


Phyllis Cheung, Executive Director of the HK Unison

Phyllis is locally born and obtained her engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Canada. She has worked with grassroots and international non-governmental organisations since 2005, fighting for the rights of vulnerable people in many countries including Uganda, India, Nepal, Indonesia and Myanmar. She understands, appreciates, and works with people from different culture. Phyllis joined Hong Kong Unison as the Executive Director in September 2014, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to defend the rights and justice of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. She aims to promote racial equality to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination in Hong Kong and advocate for change so that all ethnic minority residents of Hong Kong have equal opportunity and equal access to public services and information.

Meen Datwani


Meena Datwani, JP, Director-General (Enforcement), Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Meena Datwani, an ethnic Indian has lived in Hong Kong most of her life.  She went to a local school and did her undergraduate degree at The University of Hong Kong. Ms Datwani, a qualified lawyer, is currently the Director-General (Enforcement) at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.  In this capacity she is responsible for enforcement, settlement function, complaints against authorized institutions and the operation of the Deposit Protection Board, and sits on the board of directors of the Financial Dispute Resolution Centre.  Ms Datwani is also the Secretary General of the Hong Kong Bahá'í Community and believes that “The world is one country and mankind its citizens”.  She is active in the Bahá'í Community’s efforts to promote inter-racial harmony and understanding at the grass roots level.


Robin Hu

Robin Hu, Chief Executive Oficer of the SCMP Group

Robin Hu joined the SCMP Group as Chief Executive Officer in June 2012. Before joining SCMP, he was senior EVP with the Singapore Press Holdings overseeing its Chinese Newspaper Business and the group's Newspaper Services function. Prior to that, he held various senior management positions with Singtel's IT services arm NCS Ltd, the Singapore Economic Development Board based in Suzhou and Beijing and later in Beijing where he was instrumental in launching and managing several portals for leading international media brands. Mr Hu graduated from the University of Kent with a BSc in Mathematics and the University of Wales with an MSc in Computer Science.

Vivek Mahbubani

Vivek Mahbubani, Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up commedian

Vivek Mahbubani is a Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up comedian performing in both Cantonese and English. Having been crowned the Funniest Person (in Chinese) in Hong Kong in 2007 followed by his victory in the English category at the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition in 2008, Vivek has had the opportunity to take his sense of humor all over Asia including Hong Kong, China, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Manila, Bangkok, Sri Lanka and India. Having been ranked as the top comedian in Hong Kong, in 2014, the World Famous Laugh Factory in USA ranked Vivek as one of the top 10 comedians in their Annual Funniest Person in the World Competition. In 2015, he was handpicked as one of the comedians to represent Asia's best in Melbourne International Comedy Festival's inaugural "Comedy Zone Asia" shows. One of Vivek's passions is reading and his favorite book is Sun Tzu's Art of War. Oddly, his favorite color is hot pink.

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