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Seminar on ‘Impacts of Localism from a policy perspective’

Social Development – Seminar      2017/03/28

In recent years, a globally widespread wave of localist sentiment has created turbulences in existing political, economic and social welfare systems at the local level. Hong Kong is no exception. A rapid rise of localism resulting from controversies about China-Hong Kong conflicts is witnessed. There are even hostile claims that the incoming residents from the Mainland are among the fundamental cause of social problems in Hong Kong. Related policies and services are often under severe attack. 

Issue No. 21 of the Policy Bulletin titled "Authentic Hong Konger?" attempts to explore the development of localism and shares research statistics and observations from frontline practices to understand the situation of the newly arrivals in Hong Kong, hoping to provide some materials for thoughts within the sector and the society. 

How localist sentiments affect vulnerable in the society such as newly arrivals, refugees and asylum seekers in different aspects? What values should social welfare sector embrace in view of a xenophobic social atmosphere?In order to stimulate further discussion among different stakeholders, our Council has invited Dr. Law Wing Sang of Lingnan University and Ms. Iris Liu, Member of our Specialized Committee on Social Development who is experienced social worker in newly arrivals’ services, to discuss the development of localism and implications towards the vulnerable in Hong Kong. Details of the seminar as below:

Date: 28 March 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Venue: Room 103, 1/F, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building (15 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai)
1. Dr. Law Wing Sang, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University 
2. Ms. Iris Liu, Member of HKCSS Specialized Committee (Social Development)
Language: Cantonese
Target audience: Social workers, LegCo assistants, service users and policy researchers

Please register online or fill in the registration form and return to 2864 2999 on or before 27 March 2017. For enquiries, please contact Ms Rachel Wong via or by phone at 2864 2963.

We look forward to your participation.