Hong Kong: A City in Turmoil

Wed October 2nd 2019, 2:30 - 5:00pm
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Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center
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Prompted by the government’s introduction of the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, Hong Kong has been rocked by intense unrest, its most volatile since the handover in 1997. Millions have taken to the streets and violence has escalated on both sides. Beijing has likened Hong Kong’s demonstrations to the “color revolutions,” and has also condemned the disruptions as “near-terrorist acts.”

In this critical time, our conference will explore questions such as: What are the root causes of Hong Kong’s unremitting protests? Why has this extradition bill generated such intense and widespread reactions? Facing massive governance challenges, what will be the future of Hong Kong? Is there a viable future for “one country, two systems”? How can the U.S. and the international community best respond?


The Honorable Mrs. Anson Chan, GBM, GCMG, CBE, JP; Former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong SAR (1993-2001); member of Legislative Council of Hong Kong (2007-2008)

Professor Harry Harding, University Professor and Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

Professor David M. Lampton, Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow, FSI, Stanford University

Professor Ming Sing, Associate Professor, Division of Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Professor Jean C. Oi (moderator), Director, Stanford China Program; William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics, Stanford University

RSVP required. This event is closed to the media.

FSI Contact:Alex Quanquana@stanford.edu

UPDATE: We will provide a live video stream of the conference on this link: https://youtu.be/5D5QSZi6u2w  Please check back at 2:25 PM on October 2 for the livestream.

RSVP required for admission.  No walk-ins.  Only one registration permitted per person.Stanford or government-issued photo ID must be presented for admission. Please arrive 30 minutes early to check-in.  There will be no late seating.