Congrats Dr Shan Muk Lam – Respected Writer, Journalist, Outlier

“A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” – Arthur Miller

When my friend forwarded me the wonderful and well deserved news of Mr. Shan Muk Lam (林行止) being awarded an honorary Doctor of Social Sciences degree, I immediately thought of the above quote.

Congrats Mr. Lam.(Click here for the Chinese version of this article. 這篇文章的中文版在這裡。

Here is an excerpt of the information and citation at HKU (emphasis added),

Dr Lam founded the Hong Kong Economic Journal in 1973 and the Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly in 1977. For 25 years, he wrote a daily column, ‘Politics and Economics Review’, in which he analysed Hong Kong and international affairs. Dr Lam’s articles are widely acclaimed for being objective, insightful and well-argued. Since 1997, ‘Lam Hang Chi’s Column’ has seen him writing about an even wider range of subjects, including economic theories that interest him, and which he hopes the reading public will find educational and interesting too. His writing has been anthologized into over 100 books in Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Mainland. Dr Lam was awarded an OBE in 1991 and an honorary degree from Lingnan University in 1999.

In recognition of his contributions to the journalism sector in Hong Kong, HKU will confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa.


I believe that Mr Lam Shan Muk will be the first illegal immigrant to be awarded an honorary doctorate by this University! Since his unconventional arrival, Mr Lam has, of course, risen to become one of Hong Kong’s most famous and respected writers and journalists. Of the profession of journalists, Warren Buffet wrote:

`The smarter that journalists are, the better off society is. For, to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves and the better the teacher the better the student body’.

Through his writing Mr Lam Shan Muk has proved himself a remarkably able teacher and Hong Kong society, together with his Mainland and Taiwanese readers, have greatly benefited over many years from his enlightening editorials and articles.


2 Responses to Congrats Dr Shan Muk Lam – Respected Writer, Journalist, Outlier

  1. Dr Michael S Cooke says:

    I would like to contact Lam Shan Muk.Please forward an email or contact address

    I am retired Professor from HKU

  2. kempton says:

    Hi Michael,

    I don’t have Mr. Lam’s email address but since he is still actively writing a column for HKEJ (信報), I suppose you can send a letter mail to him at the newspaper.

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