Mr Hing Chao is Executive Director of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings, one of the leading shipping companies in Hong Kong. Over the years, Wah Kwong has built more than 200 ships in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan, and today controls a modern fleet of bulk carriers and tankers averaging 4.6 years. Outside of business, Mr Chao is well-known for his work to preserve and promote traditional culture and heritage in Hong Kong and China, and is particularly renowned for his work with Chinese martial arts. He is the leading researcher and advocate for traditional Chinese martial arts in Hong Kong, and has initiated multiple projects to document and revitalize these art forms, notably Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive, the first ever digital kung fu archive for in the world, and Hong Kong Martial Arts Research, which is the first comprehensive research project on traditional Chinese martial arts in the city. Mr Chao is an internationally recognized writer, curator, organizer, and producer for a wide range of martial arts related / inspired cultural contents, including books, museum exhibitions, festivals, and cultural performances. He has written, edited and / or published eight books on Chinese martial arts in English and Chinese languages, including the best-selling《香港武林》(Hong Kong Martial Arts Community: 2014), as well as his ground-breaking works on Hakka Kung Fu (300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu: 2016) and Lingnan Hung Kuen (such as Lingnan Hung Kuen: Kung Fu in Cinema and Community: 2018).
Since 2009 he has produced and curated eight major exhibitions, which have been on display not only in Hong Kong but also in Mainland China (selections were shown in Shenzhen and Chengdu), Australia and Switzerland. His use of new media technologies and strategies to document and display traditional martial arts represent a ground-breaking change in paradigm not only for martial arts contents / exhibitions, but for intangible culture in general. In 2017, he created Martial Spirit for the Grand Variety Show in Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return to the Motherland, organized by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government. Mr Chao is the founder and executive director of International Guoshu Association (since 2008) and Hong Kong International Kung Fu Festival (2017), as well as the founding chairman of Hakka Kung Fu Culture Research Society (founded in 2015). He is also the founder of Hong Kong Culture Festival, to date the only arts and cultural festival dedicated to Hong Kong’s local cultural heritage, which provides an integrated platform showcasing diverse artistic and cultural forms in both traditional and new expressions, and the founding chairman of Orochen Foundation, a charity dedicated to preserving the culture of nomadic groups in northeast China.
All volunteer hours must be completed during 15 June 2018 to 10 January 2019.
Lunch will be held at 12:15-2pm in Wanchai on 18 January 2019.
Cost per person is HK$100 (Full-time students aged 25 or below)/ HK$200 (General Participants) to support the running costs of our charity and our mission to make volunteerism mainstream.
Photo credit: Hong Kong Tatler
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