Steven Dominique Cheung

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Steven Dominique Cheung (Chinese: 張敬龍; born 7 October 1989) is the first British-Hongkonger to receive the Air League Duke of Edinburgh flying bursary.[1] He was the Liberal Democrat Prospective parliamentary candidate for Walthamstow at the 2015 general election.[2] He is the former Governor and Student Union President of City and Islington College, a British-Hongkonger broadcaster and London 2012 Young Mayor of the Olympic and Paralympic Village, taking the role of a Torch Bearer.[3] He is now a pilot.

He was one of the youngest[4] candidates who stood in the European Parliament elections on 4 June 2009.[5][6][7]

Background[edit]

Born on 7 October 1989,[8] Cheung grew up in Fanling, New Territories, Hong Kong and immigrated with his parents to England when he was 11.[9][10][11] His father is from Hong Kong and his mother is from the Philippines.[12][13] His father works as a chef and his mother is a dinner lady.[14] He speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Tagalog.[15] He studied at Highams Park School in Waltham Forest and then took a gap year to stand for the MEP seat.[16]

Public offices and awards[edit]

Cheung is a winner of the Diana Memorial Award in 2009 and was elected the Olympic Ambassador for Waltham Forest.[17] Cheung is part of Envision's Graduate panel, and a Young Advisor for the Ministry of Justice and Waltham Forest Council.[18] He is a member of the Royal Institution[19] and a member of British Chinese Project,[20] which aims to involve young British Chinese in the country's politics.[21][22] Cheung is also a DJ on Spectrum Radio in London.[23]

In May 2012, he was asked by British Consulate-General Hong Kong to become GREAT Britain campaign ambassador to promote the United Kingdom abroad.[24]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Cheung joined Spectrum Radio in September 2008 and has been co-hosting the cantonese programme on Spectrum Chinese Programme for two years. Cheung started presenting the Saturday programme and then evolved into presenting the Spectrum English Programme from 8pm to 9pm since February 2011. Topics discussed are usually concerning issues related to the Chinese community and Chinese culture. Cheung is known to be witty, is very enthusiastic about current affairs and has a broad range of general knowledge. Cheung is also a regular contributor on Spectrum Radio Cantonese Programme with DJ Alice. [2]

Political activities[edit]

Cheung's campaign in the 2009 European Parliament election focused on peace and he "hopes to use his youth to persuade young people to vote for him". He ran the election as an independent and promises "an open and fresh approach to politics". He hoped to "reinvigorate the public mood and capture the disengaged" when the "European Elections have traditionally been associated with a low-turn out".[25] There were eight seats in his constituency, London.[26] Cheung came second out of all the independent candidates and surpassed two political parties in votes.

He also ran for Westminster City Council in 2014 in the St James's ward as a Liberal Democrat, but was not elected.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "黛安 - 港青首奪英國皇家飛行大獎 - 晴報 - 港聞 - 新聞". skypost.ulifestyle.com.hk. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ Hong Kong migrant Steven Cheung will try to become first Chinese lawmaker in Britain, South Morning China Post, Hong Kong, Feb 2015
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ A new MEP in Town? Archived 18 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Dim Sum, London, April 2009
  5. ^ London MEP Candidate List 2009 Archived 30 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Lewisham Council, London, May 2009
  6. ^ Notice of election agents: European parliamentary election June 2009, Hounslow Council, London, May 2009
  7. ^ Notice of poll for European elections 2009, Camden Council, London, May 2009
  8. ^ About Steven Cheung, Steven Cheung's Official Website, London, April 2009
  9. ^ Conference of European Chinese in Politics, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, Beijing, April 2009
  10. ^ British Chinese Steven Cheung aged 19, Xinhua, London, April 2009
  11. ^ Hong Kong migrant become the youngest candidate in Europe, ON TV, Hong Kong, April 2009
  12. ^ Pinoys seek EU Parliament seat, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau, Manila, April 2009
  13. ^ 19 years old plans to stand for European Election Archived 16 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine, China News Service, London, April 2009
  14. ^ The expenses scandal means the European election is the most unpredictable to date, The londonpaper, London, June 2009
  15. ^ Chinese teenager seeks votes in Euro poll, "China Daily, Beijing", May 2009
  16. ^ Volunteers' Week Partner: Envision, "Volunteers' Week , UK", May 2009
  17. ^ BBC China - Interview, BBC, London, April 2009
  18. ^ Volunteers' Week Partner: Envision, "Volunteers' Week , UK", May 2009
  19. ^ Steven Cheung: MEP Candidate and Radio Presenter, Visible Chinese, London, May 2009
  20. ^ BC Project, BC Project, London, April 2009
  21. ^ Chinese community in London urged to vote ahead of EU Parliament elections, Xinhua News, Beijing, April 2009
  22. ^ Chinese community gets active, Operation Black Vote, London, April 2009
  23. ^ Chinese Teenager Seeks Votes in Euro Poll, Chinese Radio International, Beijing, May 2009
  24. ^ "News and communications".
  25. ^ HIGHAMS PARK: Teenager bids for Euro seat, Guardian, Waltham Forest, May 2009
  26. ^ London Euros, UK Polling Report, UK, May 2009

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