Previous Chat Talk Sessions

1st Session

Topic: What if “working from home” becomes normalized
Speaker: Dr. Eric Fong
Facilitator: Dr. Terence Yuen
Language: Cantonese
Date: April 5th, 2020 (Sunday)

Speaker Biography

Dr. Eric Fong is the Chair Professor of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include migration, race, and ethnicity. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Across U-hub.

2nd Session

Topic: Impact of technology on outbreak

  • human interaction
  • education
  • entertainment
  • fake news

Speaker: Prof. Wilfred Fong
Facilitator: Dr. Terence Yuen
Language: Cantonese
Date: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

講員: 方偉暉教授
主持人: 袁國雄博士
語言: 粵語
日期: 四月十二日 (星期日)

Speaker Biography

Prof. Wilfred Fong is the former Chief Information Officer and Director of IT at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. He is currently an Academic International Program Advisor with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the development of a Data Science program at their School of Information Studies. He is a data analytics instructor with the Hong Kong Management Association. He is on the Advisory Board of the Across U-hub and a program Advisor of Vision Youth.

3rd Session

Topic: Impact of technology on outbreak

  • human interaction
  • education
  • entertainment
  • fake news

Speaker: Prof. Wilfred Fong
Facilitator: Dr. Terence Yuen
Language: Cantonese
Date: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Topic: Governance and Culture
Speaker: Councillor Castro Liu
Facilitator: Dr. Terence Yuen
Language: Cantonese
Date: April 19, 2020 (Sunday)

Speaker Biography

Castro Liu is a Ward 3 Councillor in the City of Richmond Hill. He graduated from the University of Windsor’s Communication Studies Program and has held several different positions in the radio and television broadcasting industry, including hosting television talk shows, program director and production director.

4th Session

Topic: Finance and Investment
Speaker: Dr. Terence Yuen
Facilitator: George Mok
Language: Cantonese
Date: April 26, 2020 (Sunday)

Speaker Biography

Dr. Yuen earned his M.A. and PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto. After starting his career as a senior economist at the Bank of Canada, Terence furthered his professional experience into the financial industry. He has developed in-depth investment expertise as a portfolio manager and director at some of the world’s largest pension and sovereign wealth funds in Canada, US and the Middle East. He is now serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors in Across U-hub.

5th Session

Topic: Finance and Investment
Speaker: Dr. Terence Yuen
Topic: Life and Death
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Choi
Facilitator: Joel Lam
Language: Cantonese
Date: May 3, 2020 (Sunday)

Speaker Biography

Dr. Choi has studied clinical psychology and theology in Fuller Theological Seminary and obtained his PhD degree in clinical psychology in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr Choi has extensive clinical experience in adolescents and family therapy. His focus is on youth addiction and trauma recovery. Dr Choi is currently focusing on mobilising youth and youth workers from different cultural backgrounds and equipping them to become global citizens. Dr Choi has developed an inclusive community sharing platform for multi-cultural youth in Kam Tin, a suburb village prized for its rich cultural heritage and ethnic diversity. It explores new ways of living through innovative attempts such as social enterprise, heritage preservation, upcycling and community building.

6th Session

Topic: Converting Crisis into Chances
Speaker: Larry Law
Facilitator: Dr. Terence Yuen
Language: Cantonese
Date: May 10, 2020 (Sunday)

Speaker Biography

Larry Law is the CEO and founder of Living Water Resorts at Collingwood. The vision of the organization is to be a fun and caring company. Larry and his staff are actively involved in the community in hopes of spreading love and care, bringing a positive impact to locals. In addition, Larry is also a member of the Advisory Board at Across U-hub.

7th Session

Topic: Music Sharing
Speaker: Michael Liang & Tweety Lai
Facilitator: TBA
Language: Cantonese
Date: May 17, 2020 (Sunday)

Speaker Biography

Michael Liang is a song writer and a member of the Chinese Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) band ZiON NOiZ. He was first in touch with Across U-hub as part of the song writing team in the musical drama, “Coffee and Tea” in 1997.

Tweety Lai is a song writer and a band member of lost ‘n found from Toronto. She have participated in song and script writing in one of Across U-hub’s theatrical production “Together, Shall We..” in 2018.

8th Session

Topic: Pandemic & Climate Change
Speaker: Winnie Hwo
Facilitator: Gracelynn Lau
Language: Cantonese
Date: May 24, 2020 (Sunday)

Speaker Biography

Ms. Winnie Hwo is the Senior Public Engagement Specialist of David Suzuki Foundation. Her expertise include Sustainable Diversity Network, bringing new Canadians and Indigenous communities together; Richmond’s Butterflyway Rangers project. She was a Former news and current affairs director for Fairchild Television, and reporter for the Vancouver Sun and CBC Vancouver; won the first Chinese language Jack Webster Award. She is passionate in bringing people together, including as a matchmaker.

9th Session

Topic: Faith & Pandemic
Speaker: Dr. Alfred Lam
Facilitator: Gracelynn Lau
Language: Cantonese
Date: May 31, 2020 (Sunday)

Speaker Biography

Dr. Alfred Lam is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of senior leadership experience and a proven track record of success in both the religious and non-profit sector. He was the Senior Pastor of East Toronto Chinese Baptist Church and now is the Centre Manager at Centre for Immigrant and Community Services. He is an experienced motivational speaker specializing in promoting causes relating to mental wellness. A trainer/coach in leadership and communication skills. A writer, speaker and musician who combines the arts and communication skills to create a positive environment to empower change in both the work place and on stage.

10th Session

Topic: Pandemic & Media
Speaker: Kenneth Li
Facilitator: TBA
Language: Cantonese
Date: June 7, 2020 (Sunday)

Speaker Biography

Kenneth Li is Cantonese News Anchor of Omni TV. He has studied Journalism in Hong Kong Shue Yan University and worked for Hong Kong Commercial Radio after graduating. After immigrated to Toronto in 1994, Kenneth has worked for different Chinese media outlets including Fairchild TV. Over his 20-year career as a producer and reporter with OMNI, Kenneth has covered some of the community’s biggest stories, including the SARS outbreak and the Chinese Head Tax Redress. He is also active in supporting community events.

11th Session

Topic: The Impact of racism on our community
Speaker: Maria Yau
Facilitator: TBA
Language: Cantonese
Date: June 14, 2020 (Sunday)

Speaker Biography

Maria Yau is an educational researcher at the Toronto District School Board. Her research covers a wide range of educational issues related to equity and diversity, with particular attention to racialized and historically marginalized populations. Maria is actively involved in community work as she serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Across U-hub, a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture the holistic development of youth of East Asian descent.

12th Session

Topic: Online Entertainment and Pandemic
Facilitator: Joel Lam
Language: Cantonese
Date: June 21, 2020 (Sunday)

13th Session

Topic: AI & Pandemic
Speaker: Wilfred Fong
Facilitator: TBA
Language: Cantonese
Date: June 28, 2020 (Sunday)

Prof. Wilfred Fong is the former Chief Information Officer and Director of IT at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. He is currently an Academic International Program Advisor with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the development of a Data Science program at their School of Information Studies. He is a data analytics instructor with the Hong Kong Management Association. He is on the Advisory Board of the Across U-hub and a program Advisor of Vision Youth.

14th Session

Topic: The Impact of racism on our community II
Speaker: Flora Chong
Facilitator: TBA
Language: Cantonese
Date: July 5, 2020 (Sunday)

Flora Chong was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada in 1987. She earned her Master degree in Social Justice and Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director in ALPHA Education. In the past 16 years, Flora has worked with many survivors, scholars and peace activists in Asia and North America in promoting global awareness of the Asia Pacific War in the interest of furthering the values of social justice and humanity education.