Tanya Chan

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Tanya Chan
Tanya Chan.jpg
Member of Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2016
Preceded byKenneth Chan
ConstituencyHong Kong Island
In office
17 May 2010 – 30 September 2012
Preceded byHerself
Succeeded byKenneth Chan
ConstituencyHong Kong Island
In office
1 October 2008 – 28 January 2010
Preceded byMartin Lee
Succeeded byHerself
ConstituencyHong Kong Island
Personal details
Born (1971-09-14) 14 September 1971 (age 48)
Hong Kong
NationalityHong Kong
Political partyCivic Party
ResidenceWan Chai, Hong Kong
Alma materSacred Heart Canossian College
University of Hong Kong (LLB)
Tanya Chan
Traditional Chinese陳淑莊

Tanya Chan (Chinese: 陳淑莊; born 14 September 1971 in Hong Kong) is a Legislative Councillor representing Hong Kong Island. She is a founding member of the Civic Party.

Chan is sometimes known as the "Zhou Xun of the Civic Party".[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Chan was educated at Sacred Heart Canossian College, and received Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Hong Kong where she also studied the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws.[2]

Political career[edit]

In the 2008 LegCo elections, Chan was elected into, and became a member of, the Hong Kong Legislative Council to represent Hong Kong Island, along with Civic Party leader Audrey Eu.

In January 2010, Chan and other four lawmakers, Albert Chan, Alan Leong, Leung Kwok-hung and Wong Yuk-man resigned from LegCo, forcing a by-election, which they would treat as a "de facto referendum" to press the Chinese Government into allowing universal suffrage in Hong Kong.[3] On 16 May 2010, she was re-elected as a lawmaker in the by-election.[4]

Until 2011, she was a member of Central and Western District Council.[5]

In the 2012 legislative election, she stood as the second candidate in Kenneth Chan's list in Hong Kong Island, in an attempt to boost Civic Party's votes and seats. Although Kenneth Chan was elected, she lost re-election under the party-list proportional representation system. In the 2016 legislative election, she was returned to the Legislative Council, succeeding outgoing Kenneth Chan's seat.

Trial at West Kowloon Court[edit]

Benny Tai, Chu Yiu-ming, Tanya Chan (left to right) accompanied by their supporters getting rally before the hearing in the West Kowloon Court. Hong Kong. 24 April 2019[6]

On 9 April 2019, at West Kowloon Court, she and 8 other were found guilty (public nuisance, inciting) over their role in the 2014 Hong Kong protests.[7][8]

Tanya Chan wanted to check her health to say her mother that she was very well and ready to endure a jail term if this would happen. She got full body health check-up in private hospital on 4 April. Tanya Chan had the results of health check ready only on 11 April, then she got consultation in Canossa Hospital on 17 April that there was something unclear with her brain. Then, on 18 April, Dr Edmund Woo Kin-wai, a neurologist, found that Tanya Chan had brain tumor with size 4.2 cm, larger than a ping-pong ball, and it was dangerous for her health because of pressing brain stem, nerves and blood vessels. Medics said on 23 April, that Tanya Chan needed open brain surgery to remove the tumor as soon as possible and having radiotherapy afterwards. There was no clearance on 24 April the brain tumor caused by cancer or not, she needed the open brain surgery for further details about it, said medics.[9]

Therefore, on 24 April, the trial at West Kowloon Court adjourned her sentencing to 10 June because of the needed surgery in two weeks, while other 8 Occupy Central leaders were sentenced to different punishments from 200 hours community service to 16 months of jail.

On 24 April, Tanya Chan, now acting as a lawmaker from Civic Party in Legislative Council, also asked Legislative Council president Andrew Leung for leave for the further treatment. Tanya Chan before saying about her illness on this day, also asked Hongkongers continue fight for democracy and believe in their faith.[9]

On 10 June 2019, Chan was handed a sentence of eight months suspended for two years after the court was told that she would require radiotherapy treatment and will experience double vision for six months. Her brain tumour was found benign, but had not been completely removed, and needed further therapy. The court also considered her record of public service.[10]


  1. ^ "Tanya Chan of the Civic Party", Next Magazine, 18 January 2007
  2. ^ HK LegCo Archived 2010-12-06 at the Wayback Machine. Legco.gov.hk. Retrieved on 2011-06-21.
  3. ^ Hong Kong MPs quit in attempt to push Beijing towards direct elections The Guardian, 26 January 2010
  4. ^ Pro-democracy lawmakers win by-elections. Rthk.org.hk (2010-05-17). Retrieved on 2011-06-21.
  5. ^ Central & Western District Council Members (2008 - 2011)
  6. ^ 林祖偉 (24 April 2019). "香港佔中案宣判刑期:「我們不會被入獄所擊倒」". BBC Chinese (in Chinese). Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  7. ^ Lau, Chris; Lam, Jeffie (2019-04-09). "Occupy leaders found guilty over role in Hong Kong's 2014 umbrella movement". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  8. ^ Hale, Erin (2019-04-09). "Architects of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement Convicted of Conspiracy, Incitement". VOA. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  9. ^ a b Xinqi, Su; Cheung, Elizabeth (2019-04-24). "Brain tumour 'larger than a ping-pong ball' prompts deferment of Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan's Occupy sentencing". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  10. ^ Cheng, Kris (2019-06-10). "Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan handed suspended sentence over Umbrella Movement charges". Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. Retrieved 2019-06-10.

External links[edit]

Media related to Tanya Chan at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Lin
Member of Central and Western District Council
Representative for Peak
Succeeded by
Joseph Chan Ho-lim
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Martin Lee
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island
Succeeded by
Kenneth Chan
Preceded by
Kenneth Chan
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Chan Chun-ying
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Hui Chi-fung
Member of the Legislative Council