Be My Guest | The healing power of service: HK radiologist Kevin Lau finds delight in giving back
It is said that the greatest joy comes from giving and serving. Today, our guest is a gentleman who believes in the healing power of service. As a doctor, he works to heal the sicknesses of patients, while as a public servant, he endeavors to heal the rift in our society.
In this edition of Be My Guest, we are glad to have Dr. Kevin Lau Chung-hang with us to share his life stories and reflections. Dr. Lau was born in Hong Kong and received his early education locally and in Canada. He completed his radiology residency training, and later earned his Master's in Public Health and Master's in Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong.
As a medical professional, Lau understands the career as a combination of science and arts, which is also the reason why he embarked on the journey as a radiologist. "On one hand, we obviously rely on evidence-based medicine to prescribe what is needed and to help the patient. But at the same time, in how we interact with patients, that's really an art," he says.
Dr. Lau is also an active member of several governmental bodies. Asked about the reason for his passion for public service, Lau recalled a near-death experience of his, which actually enlightened him on the meaning of life. "It was that pivotal moment that reminded me of a few things, that the greater that we receive the greater the responsibility is to others." With this thought in mind, the benevolent radiologist has always felt obliged to give back to the community. "I'm very indebted to all my mentors and teachers over the years and I really feel that in itself is an obligation and responsibility to give back," he says.
In the face of Western ideological hegemony, Dr. Lau always feels the urge to voice out against the often-biased narrative about HK. Being a father of four, he is constantly thinking about what is best for his children, and what is best for the future of his home, and that keeps him exploring different social issues. "Iron sharpens iron. Through interaction with my reader, we're able to all constructively come together to build the future of our city," he says.
Looking back on the critical challenges that HK has been through in recent years, the city has demonstrated great resilience to always bounce back. As Dr. Lau puts it, "We must bow down low first before we can jump high. I believe the future of HK is very bright and blessed with lots of opportunities."
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