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Helena Wong Pik-wan (Chinese: 黃碧雲, born 21 March 1959) is a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong for Kowloon West constituency. She is also an academic staff member at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.[3]

Dr Helena Wong Pik-wan
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Helena Wong in 2012
Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2012
Preceded byJames To
ConstituencyKowloon West
Personal details
Born (1959-03-21) 21 March 1959 (age 60)[1][2]
Political partyDemocratic Foundation (1989–90)
United Democrats (1990–94)
Democratic Party (1994–present)
Shae Wan-chaw (m. 2001)
ResidenceTsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Alma materKowloon True Light School
Chinese University of Hong Kong (B.A., M.Phil.)
University of California, Los Angeles (M.A., Ph.D.)



Wong was born in Hong Kong in 1959, and graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Master of Philosophy. She continued on to receive her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She joined the Hong Kong Christian Council in 1984, working on political policies and social affairs. She co-founded the Hong Kong Christian Institute in 1988, an ecumenical Christian non-governmental organisation outside the institutional constraints of the church. She also chaired the Hong Kong Women Christian Council from 1999 to 2002.[4]

She has lectured at Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 1999, with a focus on Hong Kong and mainland China, and women's issues. She held the coordinator position for GEC2801 China Studies from 2004 to 2006.

Political careerEdit

Wong joined the Hong Kong Democratic Foundation in 1989 and co-founded the first major pro-democracy party, the United Democrats of Hong Kong which became the Democratic Party in 1994.[4]

She became a member in the Election Committee for a sub-sector in Higher Education in 2011.

In 2012, Wong was elected into the Legislative Council of Hong Kong for the Kowloon West constituency.[3][5]

She gained fame when she exposed the lead contamination in tap water at Kai Ching Estate in Kowloon City. This was dubbed "Hong Kong water-gate" in July 2015.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Wong decided not to be a traditional housewife, deciding not to get married early in order to focus on her studies. In 2001, she married Dr Shae Wan-chaw, an associate professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, at the age of 42.[4]


  1. ^ Facebook
  2. ^ 2011 Committee Subsector Elections
  3. ^ a b "Dr Pik-wan Helena WONG". Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d Ng, Kang-chung (20 July 2015). "Hong Kong lawmaker Helena Wong moves from blunders to tainted water scandal". South China Morning Post.
  5. ^ "Wong, Helena Pik Wan". Webb-site. 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
James To
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Kowloon West
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Fernando Cheung
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Ip Kin-yuen
Member of the Legislative Council