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Post-14 - Hong Kong after the Umbrella Movement

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SOAS China Institute: Democratisation and Identity in Hong Kong #2


Panellists:

Tania Branigan, Guardian journalist and former Beijing correspondent

Alex Chow Yong-Kang, former student leader of the Umbrella Movement

Professor Steve Tsang, Director Soas China Institute

Dr Heidi Wang-Kaeding, Trinity College, Dublin

Chair: Dr Tim Pringle, SOAS, University of London


In October 2015, the Soas China Institute hosted a lively seminar entitled ‘Democratisation in Hong Kong’ given by the convenor of Scholarism, Joshua Wong. To mark the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s transition from a British colony to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the SCI is organising a follow-up panel discussion.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty equipped with a 50-year guarantee of continuity of its way of life and a commitment to universal suffrage enshrined in the Basic Law. The ‘handover’ generated both a sense of unease at coming under the authority of a one-Party state and a sense of national pride and hopes for increased autonomy. ‘Now’, as former governor Chris Patten said in his farewell speech ‘Hong Kong people will run Hong Kong’. Since that night, initial stability and an underlying collective purpose has given way to polarisation and for some, a questioning of what is means to be a ‘Hong Konger’. This panel discussion brings together academics, journalists and activists to discuss the future of democracy and civic identity in Hong Kong in the spirit of openness, debate and progress.

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