THC2021 Keynotes


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 asked its attendees to go to THC2020, now postponed to 2021 because of Covid-19. 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 THC2021. As well, five Hakka community learning centres based in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have agreed to endorse THC2021. As a result, there will be a coordinated effort to build a North American, Asian and eventually global network of Hakka learning centres in 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, June 24-26, 2022. The 30th World Hakka Conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in October 2019.

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.









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.

Herbert Ho Ping Kong


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.

The Art of Medicine


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.

G. Raymond Chang Teaching Clinic


Click to see Globe & Mail article on Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong




Medicine as we know it has now arrived at a crosswords. Several directions can be taken, but two major routes are becoming apparent.

One route is blazed by the application of information technology and super-computing, resulting for example in the sequencing of the human genome. Treatments of illness are growing exponentially with the discovery of new drugs and surgical techniques. The economic costs of health care, while alarmingly high at present, could be reduced significantly through the development of a health information highway.

The other route is based on a re-visioning of the physician as the central figure in the health care system. She or he is called to a more humane and holistic practice, directing rather than being directed by the innovations of medical technology. Doctors and medical practitioners are to be trained in core principles of diagnosis with emphasis on the arts of seeing, hearing, touching, as well as empathy and advocacy.

We are perhaps feeling the need for debate or dialogue today such as was urged on us by C.P. Snow in 1959 when he argued that a failure to grasp the dichotomy of science and the humanities could stall the scientific revolution. Two persons who could spark a similar debate/dialogue about the medical revolution of our time are Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong of Los Angeles and Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong of Toronto.

Dr. Soon-Shiong’s achievements were presented in Forbes magazine of September 29, 2014, which acclaimed him the world’s richest doctor, with patents in diabetes and cancer drugs. An intrepid entrepreneur, he aims to cut health care costs by roughly one-half through ultra-rapid diagnosis, prescription, monitoring, and record-keeping.

Dr. Ho Ping Kong, an internist with the University Health Network, has received many awards for his insightful and provocative teaching methods. His vision for developing a physician-driven and patient-centred approach is presented in his book The Art of Medicine: Healing and the Limits of Technology, published in 2014 by ECW Press. A copy of the book is presented to all students graduating from Canadian medical schools.

It is proposed that we put the two doctors on one stage and let them debate/discuss the divergent routes for the advancement of medicine. It will be a great match-up — Soon-Shiong and Ho Ping Kong.

Keith Lowe, PhD
August 2015



Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation offers to buy closed hospital to help fight coronavirus pandemic

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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.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has now turned his attention to the global incidence of Covid-19 and its persistence among the poorer nations. He looks forward to a vaccine that can be delivered as a pill and developed in his native South Africa for distribution to other African countries. He is also alarmed by the recent rise of racism in North America.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong on CNN Business


Hakka Geneology Museum

finding Sam Lowe



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


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.




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