2006 LEWI and IIBD Conference

Open Forum

Mirgrants in Hong Kong: Experiences, Problems and Responses


General Information

Conference Programme


Date : 6 April 2006
Venue  :

Lam Woo International Conference Center, 

Hong Kong Baptist University

Organised by :

David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies &

Wing Lung Bank International Institute for Business Development,

Hong Kong Baptist University


Since the 1990s migration in Hong Kong has been influenced by several developments. First, the 1997 handover drastically changed the characteristics of Hong Kong migration. Second, diasporic communities have become more stratified because of the increasing movements of migrant workers of all sorts: manual laborers, domestic helpers, women, professionals, scholars, students, entrepreneurs and managers. Third, transnational flows of migration have also encountered countercurrents because of changes in government policies towards migrants of meager economic means. Finally, doubts on Hong Kong's status as the region's leading international city might have been compromised, which could complicate transnational movements of migrants.


This Open Forum thus provides a unique opportunity to rethink and debate current issues of migration in Hong Kong. The Forum aims to discuss problems and suggest solutions in the everyday life of immigrants, expatriates and migrant workers. Three areas of everyday life have been identified as they are crucial to the adaptation, acculturation or even alienation of migrants in strange place, unfamiliar work environments, and alien cultures and languages.


Invited panelists would share their experiences in helping migrants cope with new institutions, understand interpersonal relations, and overcome cultural and language barriers.



David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI)

LEWI is an academic consortium hosted by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), a public-funded institution with a Christian heritage. With its mission to promote intercultural dialogue, the Institute has a global membership of 28 universities and has established research programmes on three continents: The Western Pacific Rim-China Research Programme at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; the North America-China Research Programme at Simon Fraser University, Canada; and the Europe-China Research Programme at Hong Kong Baptist University. 


Wing Lung Bank International Institute for Business Development (IIBD)

IIBD, also hosted by HKBU, was established in 1993 and named in recognition of the steadfast support and generosity of Wing Lung Bank. Its objective is to facilitate growth and development of international business activities and to promote international business education in countries represented by member universities through the cooperation and joint ventures of its various members. The Institute seeks to provide knowledge and information appropriate to global business development, making full use of modern networking technologies. 



The conference will be held at the Lam Woo International Conference Centre of our University. Located on the Shaw campus on Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong, the Centre houses attractive meeting rooms with the latest audio-visual aids. 



Participants may stay at the Dr. Ng Tor Tai International House (NTT) on HKBU's campus (Map of HKBU Campus), which is next door to the conference venue and within easy access to public transportation, restaurants and shopping.



To register for the conference and reserve accommodation at NTT International House, please download and return the following forms to the Conference Secretary by fax: (852) 3411-5128 or email: lewi@hkbu.edu.hk

  Conference Registration Form (local)

Conference Registration Form (overseas)

  NTT International House Reservation Form



2006 LEWI and IIBD Conference

Open Forum

Mirgrants in Hong Kong: Experiences, Problems and Responses


6 April,
Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University


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6th April

Time Activity
08:30 am   Registration

09:00 - 09:45 am

Opening ceremony
MC: Miss Hidy Ng, Executive Officer, LEWI

Welcome Remarks:
Professor Chan Kwok-bun,
Director of LEWI and Head of Department of Sociology, HKBU
Professor Ng Ching-Fai
, President and Vice-Chancellor, HKBU

09:45 - 10:30 am

Reflections on Xiamen Workshop on Migration East and West: Implications for Public Policy and Problem-solving

Chaired by Professor Chan Kwok-bun, Director of LEWI and Head of Department of Sociology, HKBU

Presented by
Professor Maggi Leung
, Assistant Professor of Department of Geography & Resource Management, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Jan Rath, Director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), University of Amsterdam

10:30 - 11:00 am

Tea Break

11:00 - 12:30 pm Plenary Session 1: Work

Chaired by Dr. Leung Hon Chu, Associate Professor of Department of Sociology, HKBU

Expert Panelists:
Ms Sartiwen Bintisandirdi, Chairperson, Indonesian Migrant Workers Union
Mr. K. T. Lai, Group Human Resources Manager, Remuneration and Benefits, CLP Holdings Limited & President, Hong Kong Institute for Human Resource Management
Ms. Lai Yuen Mei, Community Organiser, Industrial Relations Institute
Mr. Ali Mohamad Zaiq, Community Worker, Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service

12:30 - 2:00 pm

(Renfrew Seafood Restaurant, 3/F., David C. Lam Building)

2:00 - 3:30 pm Plenary Session 2: Family, Marriage and Education

Chaired by Professor Sammy Chiu, Head of Department of Social Work, HKBU

Expert Panelists:
Mr. Wallace Shiu Ka Chun, PhD Candidate, Department of Social Work, HKBU
Ms Iris Liu Kam Fung, Director of Programme, International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
Mr. Wong Wai Leung, Youth Social Worker, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
Miss Sze Lai Shan, Community Organiser, Society for Community Organisation

3:30 - 4:00 pm Tea Break
4:00 - 5:30 pm Plenary Session 3: Community, Identity and Religion

Chaired by Professor Chan Kwok-bun, Director of LEWI and Head of Department of Sociology, HKBU

Expert Panelists:
Rev. Dr. Ip King Tak, Chaplain, Hong Kong Baptist University
Mr. Stephen Yau, Chief Executive, International Social Service Hong Kong Branch

Mr. Alejandrino A. Vicente, Consul General, Consulate General of the Philippines in Hong Kong

5:30 - 6:00 pm Closing remarks
By Professor Chan Kwok-bun, Dr. Vivienne Luk and Professor Jan Rath
7:00 - 9:00 pm Banquet hosted by Directors of LEWI & IIBD
(Venue: Star Seafood Floating Restuatant, Shatin)