Ben has been a resident in and around Hackney for over 15 years. He is a multi-disciplined entrepreneur with extensive experience within the finance and property investment industry, with a focus on sustainable investment and proptech.
He is one of the founding members of the charity Hong Kong Assistant and Resettlement Community (HKARC) who aims to support the Hong Kong diaspora to integrate well within the UK communities. Ben has collaborated with HCCS on various occasions to provide consultations to the UK and local governments on Hongkongers-related policies.
Ben spends his spare time on cooking , cycling and listing to electronic music.
Lisa was born in Hong Kong but has been living in London for over 50 years now. She has a lived experience of blending both Eastern and Western cultures and traditions, forming her own identity by combining social norms, practices, and ethical values from both ways of life.
Her working background was in Youth Work, spanning 33 years, during which she worked in various voluntary and statutory youth services and provisions. She thrives on diversity and inclusivity, which is reflected in the work she has undertaken with young people and communities from a variety of backgrounds. She is currently engaged in Family Support Work, working with children and families.
Her experiences include participating in and supporting numerous voluntary community organizations, projects, and campaigns. These experiences also involved her role as a management committee member in different organizations throughout her earlier years. She has been on the Hackney Chinese Community Services management committee for the past 3-4 years.
She strongly believes in enabling and empowering the community to have a voice and self-determination, as well as in the unity of the East and South East Asian Communities—a vision we strive to achieve together in the forthcoming years. She believes that there are challenging and exciting years ahead and hopes that more will join forces to achieve that important common goal so appropriate services can be developed for them.
Jason Tong is a senior Healthcare Manager in the NHS and the Charity sector with over 25
years of experience. He has extensive expertise in managing complex organizational
change. His expertise in healthcare includes Mental Health, Public Health, Cardiology,
Paediatric and Oncology. He is currently leading transformation of paediatric Cancer
services across London and the South East of England.
Jason is a strong believer in tackling health inequalities and has been leading and
championing in social prescribing and personalised care, working in collaboration with the
NHS and the Greater London Authority.
Jason is also passionate about reducing societal inequalities and is a strong believer in
intersectionality. He is the chair in his organisation’s Ethnic Minority Network, championing
Jason is an opt-in member of the HCCS Management Committee since 2023 and is the
chair of the mental health sub-committee and a member of the HR sub-committee.
Moi Tran is an award-winning Vietnamese/Chinese Multi-Disciplinary Artist, Performance maker and Set/ Costume designer for Theatre, Film, Dance, Opera, working nationally and internationally. Her practice advocates the power of Diaspora space as a site for decolonial inquiry and to celebrate alternative knowledge making in Global majority groups, with recent work exploring the role of sonic archiving, emotional wisdom and performance on identity construction, history, and heritage.
As educator, Moi lectures at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh and the Royal School of Speech and Drama.
Moi is founder of East Asian Ticket Club, an artistic and cultural engagement platform for the ESEA people. Collaborating with national Art and Cultural venues, such as The Royal Court Theatre, Design Museum, Hawkwood, Hampstead Theatre to build engagement programmes specifically for ESEA communities.
She is currently co-secretary for the HCCS managing committee and will contribute to the process as HCCS re-identifies as an expanded service to all ESEA communities. Moi will partake in the artistic and cultural working group for the upcoming Old Bath House project.
Yen Chit Chong
Chit Chong has been a committee member of Hackney Chinese Community Services for the past two years, with the last year as its Secretary. He has been an environmentalist for over three decades, both as a professional and a campaigner.
As a professional, he works on sustainability for a large housing association. As an environmental campaigner, he was the first Green Party Councillor on Hackney Council and is currently campaigning with Extinction Rebellion to protest against climate change. He also collaborates with the Green Economics Institute, specializing in rights for future generations.
He believes that East and South East Asian communities should play a full part in British political, environmental, economic, and community life to ensure that they are strongly represented in Britain's multicultural society. He is looking forward to HCCS representing the East and South East Asian community so that they can support their members' work in these areas for themselves, their individual communities, and East and South East Asians as a whole.
Jenny Lau is a communications consultant with over a decade of experience in social media and content strategy. In her spare time she is the founder of Celestial Peach, a platform that tells stories about Chinese food in the diaspora. She curates food-based events for the ESEA community, from potlucks and supper clubs to congee gatherings. Jenny believes in using the soft power of food as a way to bring different communities together, as well as as a personal tool to explore heritage and identity. Her passion is driven by a desire to nourish and connect with people who feel a similar sense of unrooted-ness. She will be working with HCCS on building the community kitchen and the food outreach programme at the new ESEA centre.
Dora Lam is a British-Chinese Hackney-based interdisciplinary artist. Her artistic practice navigates notions of identity and diaspora, and deals with cultural complexity and displacement on personal and wider levels. She works with performance, moving image, craft, writing and has a particular interest in social/participatory art. She seeks to use contemporary art practices to mine, construct and preserve more nuanced forms of cultural heritage. Dora has worked with HCCS on digital inclusion training sessions, virtual art workshops during the lockdown and co-hosts the monthly book club ESEA Archives. Her aims are to continue to enhance the artistic/cultural programming of the growing community centre and foster cross-cultural spaces for the voices and expressions of the community to be seen, heard and shared.
Cường Phạm works between sound and community, sometimes they intersect, sometimes they don’t. He finds himself trying to constantly negotiate and situate himself in relation to cultural identity, movement, sites of community, and geographical spaces. He holds a Master’s in Southeast Asia studies at SOAS, where his thesis explored the Vietnamese diasporic experience through hip-hop.
Through his work at the grassroots, he has co-curated ‘Record, Retrieve, Reactivate’ (An Viet Foundation) and ‘Resettled Spaces’ (Lien Viet) which explored the history, memory, and language of the East and South East Asian migration experience. He, along with others, is currently in the process of setting up the An Viet Archive, a collection of documents, photos, and other artefacts relating to the British-Vietnamese experience. Under the handle Phambinho he also hosts a monthly show NTS, an independent online radio platform. In which he, and occasional guests, attempts to musically reframe ‘Asia’ as a contested paradigm. Alongside Breakwater Collective, he is working on a four part art radio series which explores mental health and wellbeing of various ESEA groups.
He has also appeared on BBC Asian Network, Netil Radio, Dublab, no10.as, DSTRACKTD, A:\files, Vinyl Factory, he has performed at Tate Modern and alongside collectives/labels Eastern Margins, Chinabot, Rumah Fest and Nhạc Gãy and has/had other projects with SOAS, AAA Radio, and East Asian Ticket Club x Royal Court, and Chisenhale Gallery. Cường is also an associate of Asia-Art-Activism, and he recently co-curated the online programme ‘Till We Meet Again IRL’.