Symposium on Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau: Challenges and Way-forward

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It is estimated that 1.35 million people, that is one-fifth of the population in Hong Kong are living below the poverty line (Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report 2016). While the Hong Kong government has spent considerable resources to reduce the number of households living in poverty, the widening poverty gap and increases in the number of older-adult and single-parent households has resulted in a group of households trapped in poverty. To address these challenges, The Symposium on Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau aims at bringing together local, and regional scholars to examine the poverty situation in the cross-strait region and to identify effective poverty alleviation measures and strategies.

Date: 6th July 2018 (Friday)
Time: 15:30 to 17:45
Venue: Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong (Map)
Language: English and Mandarin (with simultaneous interpretation service provided)
Enquiry: Contact Ms. Carmen LAI at 9790-4529 or email to
Registration: (Seats are limited and please register on or before 1st July)

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Time Schedule Speaker Download
1500-1530 Registration
1530-1545 How to overcome problems of economic inequality in Hong Kong Guest of Honor: The Hon Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP
1545-1610 Effects on precise poverty alleviation strategy in Mainland China and its development plan in future Professor ZHANG Qi
1610-1635 Poverty in Taiwan: A profile in the new century Professor James HSUEH
1635-1700 Poverty alleviation strategy for elderly population in Macau, SAR Dr. Kin-sun CHAN
1700-1715 Poverty in Hong Kong: Challenges and opportunities Professor Paul YIP
1715-1745 Discussion Moderator: Dr ZHANG-yi

* Tea reception will be arranged at 15:00.


The Hon Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP
Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSAR Government

How to overcome problems of economic inequality in Hong Kong

Mr Cheung has been Chief Secretary for Administration since January 2017. He joined the Hong Kong Government as an Information Officer in July 1972. He transferred to the Administrative Service in September 1979 and was promoted to Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2004. He had served in various policy bureaux and departments, including the former Finance Branch, the Home Affairs Department, the former City and New Territories Administration, the former Government House, the former Industry Department, the former Trade Department, the Financial Secretary’s Office, the Judiciary and the Central Policy Unit. He became Commissioner for Labour in January 1999, the Director of Education in June 2000 and Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour in July 2002. He was Secretary for Labour and Welfare from July 2007 to January 2017.

Professor ZHANG Qi
School of Economics and Resource Management, Beijing Normal University

Effects on precise poverty alleviation strategy in China and its development plan in future


Forty years of the reform and opening of the Mainland have made remarkable achievements in poverty alleviation. Especially since 2013, according to the national strategic goal of building a moderately prosperous society by 2020, the plan of ensuring “all populations in rural areas are lifted from poverty under current standards, poverished counties lose this label, and problems with regional poverty are essentially solved” is a new exploration for modern China in the practice of poverty alleviation. This study will investigate and analyze the development of China’s precise poverty alleviation and top design, objectively and comprehensively evaluate the results it has achieved and new problems, priorities and challenges faced, and project the future direction of China’s development and poverty alleviation.

Professor ZHANG Qi is a professor and the party secretary of the School of Economic and Resource Management at Beijing Normal University. Professor ZHANG has many years of research experience in agriculture land estate development, poverty alleviation and regional economic development. He has chaired about 80 poverty alleviation related research topics in the country and provinces, has published about 30 monographs and presented approximately 300 theses. Professor ZHANG is China’s well-known land policy and poverty alleviation research expert, and the Director of China Poverty Reduction Research Center at Beijing Normal University. The Center is China’s leading think tank in poverty alleviation policy research and is ranked seventh in the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences’ most influential think tank on precision poverty alleviation research.

Professor James, Cherng-Tay, HSUEH
Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University

Poverty in Taiwan: A profile in the new century


  1. To describe the poverty trend in Taiwan in the new century, including a) poverty rates (as below a half of median disposable income as OECD usually defined) of different family types and age groups, b) Social Assistance Act and Low Income Household and Population.
  2. To introduce anti-poverty measures in Taiwan during the global financial Crisis.

Professor Cherng-Tay HSUEH, James is a professor of the Department of Sociology at the National Taiwan University. Professor HSUEH completed his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, US. His research interests are in the area of social stratification, social demography, family, welfare policy and sociology of education. He has written and published a book on the changing population of Taiwan in 2016. He was the Director of the Center for Population and Gender Studies, and the Children and Family Research Center at the National Taiwan University.

Dr. Kin-sun CHAN
Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau

Poverty Alleviation Strategy for Elderly Population in Macau


Compared with Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Macau is a micro and open economy, so it is more difficult for Macau SAR Government to deliver poverty alleviation strategy.  Despite revenue contraction in the 26 consecutive months from 2014 – 2016, Macau SAR Government still pay attention to build up a sustainable public retirement benefit system, like the sustainability of Social Security Fund (Public Pension System of Macau, the 1st pillar pension system) and the introduction of voluntary saving pension system (the 2nd pillar pension system). The paper is to review the historical development of Social Security Fund and the present public retirement benefit system.  Nowadays, the meaning of poverty alleviation is not just sustainable living, but also development, social inclusion and precision.  In order to deliver “New” poverty alleviation strategy for elderly population, Macau SAR Government studies or implements various measures, like elderly employment, smart healthcare (i.e. electronic healthcare voucher scheme) and pension finance (i.e. reverse mortgage and annuity).  The paper is to use the results of two telephone surveys to explore the feasibility of delay retirement and pension finance, as well as, the development of smart healthcare in Macau.

CHAN, Kin-sun is Programme Coordinator of Master of Public Administration and Assistant Professor of Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau, as well as, Chairman of Macau Social Security Society.  He is also Research Fellow of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, besides, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong.

Professor Paul YIP
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong

Poverty in Hong Kong: Challenges and Opportunities

Professor Paul YIP is the Associate Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, and the chair professor in Population Health at the university’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration, and Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, the University of Hong Kong. His interests include suicide prevention, population health, poverty research, demography and social policy, and program evaluation. He serves as the secretary general of the Asian Population Association and the research chair of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. He was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit and a member of the Hong Kong government’s Steering Committee on Population Policy. He has published over 400 scientific papers in international journals.

Institute of Population and Labor Economics, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Dr. Zhang is a researcher with multidisciplinary background in urban planning, economics, and social work. He has received undergraduate training (BSc and BEcon) in Peking University and postgraduate training (PhD) in the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Zhang has a wide research interest in poverty alleviation, demographic transition, urban studies, and suicide prevention.


地點:香港大學百週年校園 賽馬會教學樓 11樓 社會科學院 會議廳 (地圖)
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時間 內容 講者 下載
1500-1530 登記進場
1530-1545 香港如何面對貧富懸殊的挑戰 主禮嘉賓
1545-1610 中國精準扶貧方略實施成效及未來發展趨勢 張琦教授
1610-1635 貧窮在台灣:新世紀的概況 薛承泰教授
1635-1700 澳門老年人口之扶貧策略 陳建新博士
1700-1715 香港貧窮問題:挑戰與機遇 葉兆輝教授
1715-1745 研究座談 主持:張一博士

* 茶點招待將安排在下午3時開始


張建宗司長, 大紫荊勳賢, GBS, JP
香港特別行政區政府 政務司司長



北京師範大學 經濟與資源管理研究院





臺灣大學 社會學系










香港大學 社會工作及社會行政學系



葉教授在香港亦參與多項公共及社會服務,包括現任香港家庭計劃指導會榮譽顧問、The Asian Population Association秘書長等。並且曾任「防止學生自殺委員會」主席、香港特別行政區中央政策組非全職顧問,對香港人口發展提出策略性意見。葉教授有超過400篇的學術著作於國際期刊刊登。

中國社會科學院 人口與勞動經濟研究所



Social Media for Social Good – Talk 3
How to Make the Internet Safer and Better?

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Ms. Mia Garlick (Director of Policy at Facebook)

Hon. Charles Mok (Member of Legislative Council of Hong Kong, Information Technology)
Ms. Siu Man Hsu (Supervisor, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups)

Prof. Paul Yip (Director of HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, HKU)

Date : Feb 22, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time : 9:30 – 10:30
Venue : Studio 3, 2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. Read More

Neighbourhood effects on wellbeing:
Two multilevel analyses of life satisfaction and substance use from Hong Kong and Taiwan

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Speaker: Dr. Shu-Sen Chang (College of Public Health, National Taiwan University)
Date : Sept 23, 2016 (Friday)
Time : 12:00 – 13:00
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.


There is a growing body of literature on the effect of neighbourhood socioeconomic characteristics on individuals’ health and wellbeing. The substantial growth of understanding in this area benefits much from the advent and access to multilevel analysis, which enables the disentangling of effects of individual- and neighbourhood-level factors. In this seminar multilevel analyses based on two population-based, representative samples from Hong Kong and Taiwan will be presented. The Hong Kong study investigated the association of neighbourhood socioeconomic factors with individuals’ life satisfaction and happiness. The Taiwanese study examined the association of neighbourhood socioeconomic factors with individuals’ use of alcohol, tobacco, betel nut, and illicit drugs. Limitations and implications of the findings will be discussed.

About the speaker

Dr Shu-Sen Chang MD, MSc, PhD, is currently Assistant Professor at the College of Public Health, National Taiwan University. He was trained and had practiced as a psychiatrist in Taiwan (2001-2007), and completed his PhD in Bristol, UK (2010). His research interests include suicide and suicide prevention, community mental health, psychiatric epidemiology, and spatial epidemiology.

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Developing Comprehensive, Integrated Approaches to Suicide Prevention

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Speaker: Dr. Eric D. Caine (University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester)
Date : Sept 23, 2016 (Friday)
Time : 11:00 – 12:00
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.


To date, there have been no effective, broadly applied, comprehensive and sustainable approaches to preventing suicide and risk-related premature deaths in the United States.  Rare examples of exceptional programs exist – in the US Air Force and the police force of Montreal, Quebec, Canada – but no one has replicated these results, nor is it clear that they are suitable for dealing with the extraordinary diversity within and between states, let alone an entire country. Preventing suicides and premature deaths – to the extent that there is a substantial reduction in population-level rates – will require systemic, systematically applied and coordinated interventions. They will require carefully crafted public health initiatives that reach far ‘upstream’ while also dealing with persons on the ‘edge of death.’ While suicide is often viewed from the perspectives of individuals who have killed themselves, these deaths are drawn from diverse groups who share common characteristics. Effective prevention programs must address the diversity of these groups even as it is essential to meet the needs of individuals suffering great distress. Suicide prevention must be built as a mosaic; no single piece will convey the entire picture.

This presentation will consider what elements are necessary for creating and sustaining the mosaic of efforts required for preventing suicide, attempted suicide, and antecedent risks that are common to these adverse outcomes, as well as other related forms of premature death.  It will consider the challenges involved when promoting effective, broad based coalitions; the opportunities from forging synergies among diverse groups; the development of dynamic models to explore the impact of programmatic changes and interventions; and the central role of culture change that will be essential to creating and sustaining a powerfully effective suicide prevention movement.

About the speaker

Dr. Caine has served since 1996 as John Romano Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center and Co-Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (CSPS) since its founding in 1998. He has deep experience in the evaluation, management, and aftercare of acutely suicidal individuals, dating to the 1970s. Dr. Caine recently was a member of the Task Force charged with reformulating the National Strategy of Suicide Prevention, a subgroup of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and now co-chairs its ‘Impact Group’, which will track the effects of the new strategy on national rates of suicide.

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Modeling Natural Language Semantics in the Internet Era

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Speaker: Dr. Tin Kam HO (IBM Watson)
Date : Aug 24, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time : 11:00 – 12:30
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, HKJC BIR, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam.


Computational models of learning for audio-visual signal understanding have attracted new attention. In a broader pursuit of artificial intelligence, similar methods are being pushed to another exciting frontier — modeling the semantics of natural languages, concepts, and thought. I will describe our recent attempts on using algorithms to derive and exploit representations of natural language semantics and concept structures. Such representations provide building blocks for larger learning tasks involving sentiments, discoveries, and reasoning.

Research in this area has benefited from many new resources and computational platforms available only through the Internet. I will discuss how it makes use of big data, crowd sourcing, and web services in a unique way. Fierce competitions in the industry are driving the development of applications quickly around any solid progress. There are rich potentials for broader impact from the resources born out of such competitions.

About the speaker

Dr. TIN KAM HO is a Research Staff Member at IBM Watson, where she works in natural language semantics modeling. Formerly she was with Bell Labs, as a Research Scientist and later as the Head of Statistics and Learning Research Department. She pioneered research in multiple classifier systems, random decision forests, and data complexity analysis, and developed many solutions to problems in reading systems, wireless geo-location, smart grid demand forecasting, and optical networks. Her contributions were recognized by several Bell Labs awards, a Young Scientist Award in 1999, and the Pierre Devijver Award for Statistical Pattern Recognition in 2008. She is an elected Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition and the IEEE. She served as Editor and Associate Editor for several journals, and as Editor-in-chief of Pattern Recognition Letters in 2004-2010. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from SUNY at Buffalo in 1992.


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Updates on Mental Health Intervention in Mainland China

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Date : June 14, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time : 10:30 – 12:00
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, HKJC Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.

Topic 1 – Depression Care Management with ICT in China

Speaker : Prof. Shulin CHEN, MD, PhD. Professor at Department of Psychology, Zhejiang University


Epidemiological studies indicate that late-life depression is a major public health problem in China and around the world. Under-recognition and under-treatment of mental disorders in older adults, including depression, are extremely common in China. Dr. Chen and his team are utilizing Information and Communication Technologies to improve a depression care management (DCM) in Hangzhou. Dr. Chen will share with the audience how the team developed a mobile mental health solution to empower primary care practitioners to manage depression cases and scale up DCM model around China.

About the speaker

Prof. Shulin CHEN, MD, PhD. Professor at Department of Psychology, Zhejiang University, expertise in geriatric mental health and community-based mental health interventions in China.

Topic 2 – Students Psychological Crisis Intervention in China

Speaker : Dr. Ri-fang CAO, the chief psychiatrist at the Mental Health Center, School of Medicine of Zhejiang University


Dr. Cao will report the pilot projects in Hangzhou for student psychological crisis intervention, including: (1) building suicide prevention network for secondary school students, (2) developing routine mental health survey on secondary school students, (3) screening university students’ mental problem, and (4) gatekeeper training programmes.

About the speaker

Dr. Ri-fang CAO is the chief psychiatrist at the Mental Health Center, School of Medicine of Zhejiang University. With his rich clinical experiences in psychiatry and mental health intervention, he is also the secretary-general of Committee of Crisis Intervention, Chinese Association for Mental Health.

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