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By Andrea Lo | February 28th, 2019

Founder, Best Friends for Further Education

Michael Khan says he has been affectionately known as “Best Friend Michael” since high school. That’s what led to the naming of his social project, Best Friends for Education, which he launched in 2014.

The Hongkonger, who grew up as an ethnic minority in Hong Kong, went through the local education system in Hong Kong and graduated with a bachelor degree in English Studies and a masters in marketing, both from City University of Hong Kong.

Understanding the struggles that students from ethnic minority communities face in the city, he launched his project to help them navigate the education system, offering “support, hope and guidance.”

Best Friends for Education also connects students, with the goal of allowing them to share their experiences.

In 2018, Khan was nominated as a candidate under Youth to Watch, a new initiative by local NGO Zubin Foundation, which works to bring together individuals from the ethnic minority community whose work serve the city.

Outside of his social projects, he also works in events and marketing.

Khan says he will continue helping the youth of Hong Kong, and challenging the city’s ethnic barriers. “In particular, I especially wish to give hope to fellow ethnic minorities — this has become a life mission to me.”

His first job? Summer intern for an event at now-closed KEE Club.

His role models? His parents, and “the pursuit of their own dreams as immigrants to this city.”

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