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1% vs. 99%
"We are the 99%!" The same slogan has echoed across 6 continents, more than 60 countries, and sparked up to 2,600 demonstrations. There is hardly a shared demand of the Occupy Movement, but certainly one point of unity: a common rage at economic and social injustice and the feeling that "the 99%" are being shafted by society's richest 1%. When 1 out of 7 people inHong Konglive below the poverty line and 1 out of 6 Americans have no health insurance, the ‘third world’ is not so far away as we might imagine.

Economists and politicians from different schools may disagree on how to redress inequalities, but it is undeniable that something in the current system is inherently wrong. In this programme, experts share their views on the reasons behind global and local inequality and provide an excellent platform for a simulation activity. The ‘third world’ is just around the corner, but we can work towards a better future.

Two sessions on Fridays from February 24 and March 2 and 1 field trip on March 6 in English

Session 1 (24/2)
Income Inequality in Hong Kong
Speaker: Dr. Law Chi Kwong

Session 2 (2/3)
Global Income Inequality
Speaker: Dr. Y. Stephen Chiu

Field trip and simulation at Crossroads Foundation (6/3)
Sympathy for the deprived is easy, but empathy is not. A half-day simulation workshop at Crossroads Foundation is a unique experience that allows participants to walk in the shoes of those who battle impact of global problems to survive their struggles.


Co-organizer: Fair Trade Voice

Fair Trade Voice was founded by a group of HKU students in 2006. Inspired by the sense of humanitarian responsibility, FTV challenges the conventional international trading system, which contributes to the ongoing poverty of developing countries and coerce their dependence on richer ones. FTV asks for a world with more mutual respect, love and care, and a world with much fewer avoidable tragedies. FTV are not doing charity, they e are simply advocating for what human beings ought to do.
Lecture 講座 (24 Feb 2012)
"We are the 99%!" There is hardly a shared demand of the Occupy Movement which spanned across more than 60 countries, but certainly one point of unity: a common rage at economic and social injustice and the feeling that "the 99%" are being shafted by society's richest 1%. When 1 out of 7 people in Hong Konglive below the poverty line and 1 out of 6 Americans have no health insurance, the ‘third world’ is just around the corner. The speaker will share his views on the reasons behind local poverty.
Speaker(s) 講師: Dr. Law Chi Kwong 羅致光博士
Medium 語言: English
Lecture 講座 (02 Mar 2012)
Dr. Stephen Chiu 趙耀華博士
Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Economics
Medium 語言: English
Lectures:
Dates: 24/2 & 2/3, Friday (2 sessions)
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: K223, Knowles Building

Field trip and simulation:
Date: 6/3 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Crossroads Foundation

Medium: English
Quota: 40
Fee: $100 (including a deposit of $50 refundable upon full attendance)
Enrolment Deadline: 2012-02-23
Schedule:
Date Time Venue
24 Feb 2012 17:30 - 19:30 K223
02 Mar 2012 17:30 - 19:30 K223
06 Mar 2012 13:00 - 18:00 Trip
Bio of Instructor(s) 導師簡介:
Dr. Law Chi Kwong
Dr. Law is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, HKU. He is a former Legislative Councilor and currently the Chairman of the Executive Committee on the Community Care Fund and has extensive experience in serving public posts, including the Commission on Strategic Development, the Commission on Poverty, etc.

Dr. Y. Stephen Chiu
Dr. Chiu received his graduate education in economics at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a theorist and has written papers in different areas of economics. He is currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics, HKU.