Yeung Sum

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yeung.
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Yeung Sum
Chairman of Democratic Party
In office
2 December 2002 – 12 December 2004
Preceded by Martin Lee
Succeeded by Wing-tat Lee
Personal details
Born (1947-11-22) 22 November 1947 (age 67)
Guangzhou, Guangdong
Political party Democratic Party (Hong Kong)
Alma mater University of Hong Kong
University of York

Yeung Sum SBS JP (simplified Chinese: 杨森; traditional Chinese: 楊森; pinyin: Yáng Sēn; Jyutping: Yeung4 Sum1; born 22 November 1947 in Guangzhou, Guangdong with family roots in Zhencheng, Guangdong) is a Hong Kong politician and academic. He served several terms as a Legislative Councillor and was the second chairman (2002–2004) of the Democratic Party (DP), a pro-democracy political party in Hong Kong. He is a lecturer in at the University of Hong Kong.


Yeung Sum obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Hong Kong. He was a residential member in St. John's College and became the president of its student association from 1972–1973. He gained his master's degree at the University of York in Britain before returning to earn his doctorate from the University of Hong Kong. Yeung Sum has taught at the University of Hong Kong since 1979 and has been a lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration since 1985.

Yeung was a member of Legco from 1991 to 1997, and since 1998. In the 1980s, he was the Chairman of Meeting Point, an early pro-democracy political group. He had also served as Vice Chairman of the United Democrats of Hong Kong (UDHK). When the two groups merged to form the Democratic Party in 1994, he became a Vice Chairman of the new party, and then in 2001 succeeded Martin Lee Chu-ming as chairman.

Yeung represented a relatively moderate faction within the democratic camp, and discontent with him within the DP led to splits within the party. When Yeung took the chairmanship in 2001, legislator Albert Chan quit the party, and the following year a number of "Young Turks" left the DP to join The Frontier. In 2004, taking responsibility for recent election failures, he announced that he would seek another term as party chairman.

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New constituency Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island West
Served alongside: Huang Chen-ya
Succeeded by
as Representative for Hong Kong Island South
Preceded by
as Representative for Hong Kong Island West
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island South
Replaced by
Provisional Legislative Council
New seat Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island
With: Gary Cheng, Christine Loh (1998–2000)
Martin Lee (1998–2008)
Cyd Ho (2000–2004)
Audrey Eu, Choy So-yuk (2000–2008)
Ma Lik (2004–2007)
Rita Fan (2004–2008)
Anson Chan (2007–2008)
Succeeded by
Kam Nai-wai
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lau Nai-keung
Chairman of Meeting Point
Succeeded by
Anthony Cheung
New political party Vice Chairperson of Democratic Party
With: Anthony Cheung (1994–1998)
Lau Chin-shek (1998)
Law Chi-kwong (1998–2000)
Succeeded by
Lee Wing-tat
Preceded by
Martin Lee
Chairperson of Democratic Party