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Claudia Mo (born Mo Man-ching on 18 January 1957), also known as Claudia Bowring, is a Hong Kong journalist and politician, a member of the pan-democracy camp. She is a member of Legislative Council, representing the Kowloon West geographical constituency.

Claudia Mo
Claudia Mo 2013.jpg
Claudia Mo in 2013
Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2012
Preceded byFrederick Fung
ConstituencyKowloon West
Personal details
Born (1957-01-18) 18 January 1957 (age 62)
Hong Kong
NationalityHong Kong
Political partyCivic Party (2006–2016)
HK First (2013–present)
Spouse(s)Philip Bowring
ChildrenTwo sons
ResidenceRepulse Bay, Hong Kong Island
Alma materCarleton University
OccupationLegislative councillor
Television presenter
AncestryNingbo, Zhejiang
Claudia Mo
Traditional Chinese毛孟靜
Simplified Chinese毛孟静

Personal life and educationEdit

Mo was born in Hong Kong and has family roots in Ningbo, Zhejiang. Mo is married to journalist Philip Bowring, former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, and they have two sons, Gavin and Simon.[citation needed]

She attended St. Paul’s Secondary School in Hong Kong. After graduating in 1975, she went to Toronto for pre-university qualifications and in 1979 she obtained a Bachelor's degree in journalism with English studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. After graduating she worked at Agence France-Presse (AFP) translating French wires into Chinese. She was later promoted to chief Hong Kong correspondent for AFP, covering in this role the Tiananmen Square massacre, an event which she describes as a "watershed [...] that cemented my journalistic principles and political beliefs".[1]

Mo is a former journalist, having worked at Agence France-Presse, The Standard and TVB.[2] She also hosted a number of RTHK TV and radio programmes, including "Media Watch" and "City Forum".[3][4]

Mo wrote a book called We Want True Democracy published in 2015, and has also authored English language learning books.[5][2]

Television careerEdit


Mo is a founding member of the Civic Party in 2006. She first ran in the Kowloon West geographical constituency in the 2008 Legislative Council election but was unsuccessful.[6]

In the 2012 election, she won one of the constituency's five available seats. She ran with the slogan "Against Mainlandisation" which led to controversy within the party (Civic Party uses the slogan Against Communistisation). After her election, she was considered more pro-localist within the party. She formed the "HK First" with Neo Democrats' Gary Fan to work on the localist agenda.

In the 2016 election, she was re-elected with the slogan of "self-determination". She later quit the Civic Party on 14 November 2016, citing differences with the party on localism, filibuster and other issues. She said she would continue serving the legislature as an "independent democrat" under the label "HK First".[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Chan, Yannie (7 November 2013). "Claudia Mo". HK Magazine.
  2. ^ a b Kwok, Ben (17 June 2015). "Ms. Mo speaks up in English for true democracy". Hong Kong Economic Journal.
  3. ^ Executive Committee of Civic Party Archived 21 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Ms MO, Claudia Man Ching 毛孟靜". Chinese University. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  5. ^ Heung, Charis (16 July 2015). "Would you spend HK$50,000 on a set of English learning books?". Hong Kong Economic Journal.
  6. ^ 2008 Legislative Council Election Archived 22 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Hong Kong lawmaker Claudia Mo resigns from Civic Party citing 'differences' over localism and other issues". South China Morning Post. 14 November 2016.

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Frederick Fung
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Kowloon West
Preceded by
Charles Mok
Convenor of pro-democracy camp
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Paul Tse
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Michael Tien
Member of the Legislative Council