The Hon. Emily Lau

Chairman of the Democratic Party of China; Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong; Former Chairperson, Hong Kong Journalists Association

Biography

The Hon. Emily Lau is a Hong Kong politician, serving as Chairwoman of the Democratic Party and a member of the Legislative Council of the New Territories East constituency.

Ms. Lau earned her undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Southern California in 1976, and went on to earn her MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics. Continuing her work in academia, Ms. Lau lectured in the Department of Journalism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Department of Extra Mural Studies at the University Hong Kong from 1987 to 1990. She further served as the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association from 1989 to 1991.

Ms. Lau began her political career in 1991 when she became a member of the Legislative Council of the New Territories East constituency, a position she continues to hold. In 1996 she co-founded a group known as the “The Frontier,” to which she acted as Convener until 2008. It was then that the group merged with the Democratic Party and Ms. Lau was elected as Vice-Chair. In 2012, she had the honor of becoming the first female chair of the party in its history.

Ms. Lau has actively campaigned for democracy and human rights in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, and continues to voice her support for the independence of Taiwan, as well as equal opportunities in Hong Kong.  In 1998, she was the recipient of the prestigious Bruno Kreisky award for her work in the field of Human Rights.