The Public Affairs Section performs two primary functions in Hong Kong; it is both a source of information on official U.S. Government policy and a coordinator of U.S. cultural activities with local partners.
Darragh Paradiso, Public Affairs Officer
Harvey Sernovitz, Assistant Public Affairs Officer/Spokesperson
Nina Lewis, Cultural Affairs Officer
The Public Affairs Section is the official voice of the Consulate General. The Information Office handles all public affairs questions involving the United States Government in Hong Kong. The Information Office also assists other elements of the Consulate General in their media activities and programs.
Members of the Information Office prepare and distribute press releases, organize press conferences and other media events, provide timely and useful information to local journalists and Hong Kong-based foreign correspondents, and monitor local media opinion on issues of interest to the United States.
Cultural Affairs Office
The Cultural Affairs Office coordinates and supports U.S. cultural and education activities in Hong Kong. These activities include the International Visitor Leadership Program, the Fulbright Program, American Music Abroad, speaker, and other cultural exchange programs. Former U.S. Department of State exchange grantees are invited to join International Exchange Alumni, the online community by and for exchange program alumni.
Through its cultural programming, the Public Affairs Section seeks to build long-lasting ties between peoples, to share U.S. expertise on topics of interest to host countries, and to explain American cultural values such as the rule of law, democracy, free-market economics, and freedom of speech.
The Cultural Affairs section also promotes study in the United States through EducationUSA Hong Kong, the only official guide to U.S. higher education providing comprehensive and current information to students, parents and educators in Hong Kong and Macau about study and exchange opportunities in the United States.