Professor Chung Ling's strong sense of mission to spread appreciation and understanding of the arts extends well beyond her official academic duties. As assistant vice-president and dean of the Faculty of Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University, she oversees five departments offering a range of degrees in Chinese, English, music, religion and translation. But aware of a broader context, she is also tireless in her efforts to promote a love of literature, music and other branches of the arts in the wider community through performances, lectures and outreach events.
"People talk about Hong Kong being the cultural hub of Asia, but without young people versed in music and literature, how can you become that?" asks Chung, an acclaimed writer and translator with works of fiction, poetry and lyric prose to her name, as well as numerous academic papers. "It is very important to build an audience by involving