Raymond Chan Chi-chuen

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The Honourable
Raymond Chan Chi-chuen
陳志全
Chan Chi-chuen.jpg
Chairman of the People Power
Assumed office
10 September 2016
Preceded by Erica Yuen
Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2012
Preceded by Wong Sing-chi
Constituency New Territories East
Personal details
Born (1972-04-16) 16 April 1972 (age 46)
Hong Kong
Political party People Power
Power Voters
Frontier (2010–16)
Residence Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong
Alma mater Chinese University of Hong Kong (BSocSc in Sociology)
Occupation Presenter
radio commentator
politician
Raymond Chan Chi-chuen
Traditional Chinese 陳志全

Raymond Chan Chi-chuen (born 16 April 1972 in Hong Kong, Chinese: 陳志全), also called Slow Beat (慢必) in his radio career, is a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (representing the New Territories East constituency), presenter and former chief executive officer of Hong Kong Reporter.

Chan is the first openly gay legislator in Hong Kong and Greater China.[1][2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Chan graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1994 with a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Sociology.

In the early 1990s, under the stage name Slow Beat, he teamed up with Tam Tak-chi (aka Fast Beat) hosting a radio show on Commercial Radio Hong Kong known as Fast Slow Beats with help from Winnie Yu. The duo gained popularity when they hosted Challengers of Fire on Asia Television in 1997, but left the show one year later. They remained partners after joining Metro Showbiz in 2000 until Chan quit his career as radio host in 2007. He then spent one year practitioning Buddhism in Japan. He returned as radio host at Internet radio station Hong Kong Reporter in 2010 and was named its chief executive officer in 2011.

Ray Chan is a Buddhist. In early 2009, Ray was a Buddhist monk in a Japanese temple, he can read some fundamental Sanskrit. ( Refer: https://jcchuhainews.chuhai.edu.hk/?p=4748 )

In September 2010, along with several fellow hosts of Hong Kong Reporter, Chan became a co-founder and deputy spokesperson[5] of political group Power Voters (later part of People Power), whose objective was to oppose the Democratic Party in 2011 district council elections. Chan failed to challenge Democrat Lee Wing-tat in Lai Wah of Kwai Tsing District Council.

In 2012, he teamed up with Erica Yuen in running for the Legislative Council election and was ultimately elected.[6] After the election, he came out as a gay[7][8] and voiced his support for LGBT rights in Hong Kong, including the legislation of the Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance.

With the successful strategic voting among the pro-democracy voters, Chan was among one of the five non-establishment candidates to be re-elected in the 2016 election with 45,993 votes.[9] In the 2017 Chief Executive election, he supported radical legislator Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats (LSD) to run for the Chief Executive through an unofficial civil petition, despite the mainstream pro-democrats backed former Financial Secretary John Tsang.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hong-kong-sees-its-first-out-gay-politician110912
  2. ^ "Gay lawmaker makes rights pledge". The Standard. Hong Kong. 12 September 2012. p. 6. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014.
  3. ^ Tsang, Emily (12 September 2012). "Raymond Chan hailed by gay community". South China Morning Post. Hong Kong. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Gay rights takes step from closet". South China Morning Post. Hong Kong. 13 September 2012. p. 14.
  5. ^ "Legislative Council LC Paper No. CB(1)1225/10-11" (PDF). Legislative Council of Hong Kong. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  6. ^ Li, Joseph (31 July 2012). "Court tosses opposition challenge over CE election". China Daily. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  7. ^ http://www.ihktv.com/sudden-955-liukaichi-son.html
  8. ^ http://ent.ifeng.com/idolnews/hk/detail_2012_09/20/17762230_0.shtml
  9. ^ "Results". 2016 Legislative Council Election. Registration and Electoral Office. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  10. ^ "'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung enters chief executive race, urging allies not to vote for 'lesser evils'". South China Morning Post. 8 February 2017.

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Wong Sing-chi
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories East
2012–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Erica Yuen
Chairman of People Power
2016–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Charles Mok
Member of the Legislative Council
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Succeeded by
Ben Chan
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