The Toronto Hakka Conference started with the dawn of the millennium, in the year 2000. It dawned on the Hakka, the most diasporic of Chinese ethnic groups, that an era of global peace and prosperity was possible.
This vision was especially strong among those who migrated from the former European colonies to the New World, and who would settle finally in countries like Canada and the USA where ethnocultural equality was enshrined. Conservationist, studious and thriving wherever they sojourned, they could become a leading edge in a world where material energy was diminishing as dramatically as human communication was increasing. It dawned on the Hakka or “guest people” that they were becoming global citizens. The guests, wandering no more, could become hosts.
Building the future of the community, the Hakka of Toronto and Canada have convened every four years since 2000. The fourth Toronto Hakka Conference (2012) gave birth to the New York Hakka Conference (NYHC), which has convened in Manhattan chinatown in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Instead of holding its planned conference in 2020, NYHC has asked it attendees to go to THC 2020. The Shangghang Hakka Association of North America, founded in West Virginia and affiliated with the Organization of Chinese Americans in Washington DC, held its movable annual meeting in Toronto in 2019, will invite its members to attend THC2020. As well, five Hakka community learning centres based in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have agreed to endorse THC2020. As a result, there will be a coordinated effort to build a North American, Asian and eventually global network of Hakka learning centres at both the community and university formats.
Great impetus for building the network now comes from the decision of the biennial World Hakka Conference to hold its 31st conference in Toronto’s adjacent city of Markham in October 2021. This decision was made at the 30th World Hakka Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in October 2019. This conference was attended by a large and enthusiastic delegation from Canada, chiefly from Vancouver and Markham/Toronto.
Towards a more connected and healthy planet! One World, One Heart!
We will convene conferences in key cities of the Americas to transmit to Hakka and non-Hakka persons our traditional culture so that they can create the best of lives in the contemporary world.
We study together to build global consciousness, to unite humanity as one family and to be ever closer to the earth which we inherited.
With a watchful eye on the current pandemic and with our Hakka survival instincts turned on, we have decided to postpone our 6th Toronto Hakka Conference from July 3-5, 2020 to July 9-11, 2021.
We will use the coming months to build an even stronger conference than the one we have in hand now. Registration continues to be available on our website and on Eventbrite. Your fees are fully refundable and transferable to family or friends. Look out for early-bird discounts.
Our deepest gratitude to the New York Hakka Conference (NYHC) for having cancelled their scheduled conference of 2020 so that their members could have attended our 2020 conference. We plan to cooperate as much as possible with the 31st World Hakka Conference to take place in Markham, Ontario, Canada, October 8-10, 2021.
After conducting five quadrennial conferences since the year 2000 and making the Toronto region the intellectual focus of the Hakka diaspora, the Toronto Hakka Conference looks forward to further collaboration with York University. Dr. Vivienne Poy, patron of the Conference since its inception, has now donated $500,000 to the York Centre of Asian Research towards an endowment for a 10-year program of research and teaching in transnational Hakka Studies.
THE G. RAYMOND CHANG SPEAKER FOR THE 6th TORONTO HAKKA CONFERENCE JULY 2021
PROFESSOR/DOCTOR HERBERT HO PING KONG
Education —MBBS, University of the West Indies,
Jamaica; Ph.D., London University
Service — University of the West Indies, 1971-73; McGill
University, 1973-1984; Toronto Western Hospital,
University of Toronto Health Network,1984-1989.
Focus — How should a doctor be educated and trained?
Recognition — Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, also known as
HPK, received the 3-M teaching award in 1999.
Training in the use of the five senses to diagnose illnesses was facilitated by the purchase of a warm and pulsating dummy nicknamed Harvey.
With assistance from Michael Posner, HPK wrote a book entitled The Art of Medicine: Healing and the Limits of Technology. It is distributed free of cost to each person graduating from a Canadian medical school.
In 2018, the book was translated into classical chinese script for use in all medical schools in Taiwan.
CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE
A Centre for Excellence in Education and Practice was funded by HPK’s school mate, financier G. Raymond Chang. HPK was able to work on his projects until well after the usual age of retirement.
It is estimated that HPK and colleagues have trained about 6,000 doctors. Many of them now hold important positions in hospitals and medical schools.
HPK now takes another step in his career by showcasing his medical work to a cultural forum, the 6th Toronto Hakka Conference to be held July 4-6, 2020, at York University. This conference was co-founded by Keith D. Lowe (Ph.D. Stanford) and the late G. Raymond Chang in the year 2,000 and is held every four years at York University.
Patrick Soon-Shiong was born into a Hakka family in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His wife Michelle B.Chan was born into a Hakka family in East London, South Africa.
In November (2018) Donette Chin-Loy Chang was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D) by the University of the West Indies. The UWI is rated among the top 5% of universities in the world. A journalism graduate of Ryerson University, Mrs. Chin-Loy Chang runs an annual fundraising campaign for the UWI. As well, she is a director of Food for the Poor, Canada. A benefactor to the Toronto Hakka Conference, she sponsors the G. Raymond Chang keynote speaker of the event, which is held every four years at York University in Toronto.
More recently she was chosen to join the ranks of the 100 most accomplished Black women in Canada. Upon receiving the UWI Honourary Doctorate, Mrs. Chin-Loy Chang and her husband G. Raymond Chang, O.J.,O.C., will make history as the first husband and wife, to do so. Ray received the same honour in 2007.
Celebration of Dr. Donette Chin-Loy Chang’s honorary doctorate from UWI
The Hakka Achievement Award was presented to Michael Lee-Chin in 2014 by the Toronto Hakka Conference. He was recently interviewed by The Globe and Mail.
Please click HERE to see the article.
Henry Leong Bee LEE is the new honorary consul-general of Malaysia in Toronto. The official appointment of this well-known business consultant and community worker is as follows:
He was a key organizer of the Toronto Hakka Conference in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He filled the role of emcee in 2008.
He began his career as an economist working in a Malaysian government agency responsible for developing industrial and foreign investment. In 1978 he was assigned to Toronto to promote Canada-Malaysia economic cooperation and joint ventures.
He was accepted as a resident of Canada in 1987. He worked as a consultant for international investment to companies such as London Life. Since 1995, he worked as an investment adviser at CIBC and RBC Dominion Securities until his retirement in 2013.
Among the voluntary and charitable organizations served by Henry are:
- Malaysian Association of Canada – Founder and Chairman
- Chinese Cultural Centre of greater Toronto – Vice-President
- Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario – Past President and Adviser
- Scarborough Hospital Network Foundation – Co-Chair Philanthropic Council
- Toronto Police Asia-Pacific Community Consultative Council – Member
- SEAS Centre Foundation – Vice-Chair
Mr. Lee is a winner of the Hakka Award of Distinction for Community Service.