Reportage: China Exploration and Research Society ready for adventure

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While NatGeo may have gone Hollywood, the China Exploration and Research Society feels like the old school adventurers, investigating – and maybe saving – disappearing cultures and threatened habitats.

Photo – From left: Hon. Consul to Malta and President of the MCMIA Ms Vivien Chou, CERS founder Dr Wong How Man, Dr Emily Wong of the Integrated Medicine Institute, and Israeli Consul General Mr Sagi Karni.


There are still worlds to be explored, cultures to be discovered and species to be discovered – and saved – and the adventurers are here in Hong Kong.

The CERS Logo.
The CERS Logo.

The China Exploration and Research Society is the vehicle. They drew an eclectic crowd to their recent fundraiser that supports their efforts to preserve cultures in Tibet, habitats deep upriver into Myanmar and in deep underground caves in The Philippines.

Nury Vittachi and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s Angelina Kwan, Head of Regulatory Compliance, Listing and Regulatory Affairs at the HKEx, co- MC’ed and conducted auction for the evening, introducing CERS founder and driving spirit Dr Wong How Man.

He spoke at length about their conservation efforts, exotic trips and jungle travails with vivid storytelling and brilliant, shocking photography. The event also saw the Hong Kong premiere of an abridged version of a documentary, CUBAN CHINESE, about a Hispanic Cuban woman, Coridad Amarand, who grew up speaking Cantonese in Havana and became a celebrated Cantonese opera star before the Revolution – and her recent journey to Hong Kong and Guangdong.

Isreali CG Mr Sagi Karni.
Isreali CG Mr Sagi Karni.

The Hon. Consul to Malta and President of the Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association, Ms Vivien Chou hosted the Israeli Consul General Sagi Karni. Celebrated author Henry Feng Chi-sun (Diamond Hill – Memories of growing up in a squatters village) and Cathy Hillborn-Feng of ISD fame were also spotted.