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Symposium: China's Hong Kong SAR at 20: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

November 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Philippines Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Encina Hall, 616 Serra Street

Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here.  RSVP deadline is November 6 by 5:00 pm PST.

This event is generously sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), the Shorenstein APARC China Program, and the Taiwan Democracy Project in CDDRL.

Note: No food will be served to audience members.

Two decades after its transformation from a British colony to become China’s Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong is an arena of tensions punctuated by local-mainland discord and mutual distrust. Highlighting the HKSAR’s “One Country, Two Systems” actualization challenges, four political leaders and six academics from Hong Kong will pinpoint the dynamics shaping their city of 7.2 million amid a contest between local liberal values and its party-state sovereign’s authoritarian orthodoxy.  Anchored in multidisciplinary approaches with divergent ideo-political perspectives, this one-day seminar engages the Stanford community with Hong Kong front-liners.


9:00 - 9:15 am Opening Remarks

Chaofen SUN (Professor, EALC, Stanford), Gordon CHANG (Professor, History, Stanford)

9:20 - 10:50 am Keynote Speakers

Moderator: Ming CHAN (Distinguished Practitioner, CEAS, Stanford)

Martin LEE (Former HKSAR legislator; HK Democratic Party founding chair)

Jasper TSANG (Former HKSAR legislature president; DAB founding chair)

Cheong CHING (Veteran journalist; cofounder Independent Commentators Association, HK)

WANG Zhenmin (PRC Central Gov’t Liaison Office HK; Former Dean, Tsinghua Law School)

10:50 - 11:30 am Open Discussion

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 - 2:30 pm Academic Panel I: "HKSAR Political Dynamics"

Moderator: Chaofen SUN (Professor, EALC, Stanford)

“Ideologies and Factionalism in Beijing-HK Relations: Nationalism vs Localism” Sonny LO (Deputy Director, SPACE, HKU)

“Party Under-Development in Arrested Democratization: 20 years after 1997 in Hong Kong” Ngok MA (Associate Professor, Government & Public Administration, CUHK)

“Stages of the Democratic Movement in Hong Kong” Benny TAI (Associate Professor, Law, HKU)

2:30 - 4:00 pm Academic Panel II: "HKSAR Socio-Economic Dimensions"

Moderator: Nicole Kwan (Associate Professor, Global Political Economy, CUHK)

“HKSAR’s Role in PRC Financial Globalization” Vic Y. W. LI (Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, HKEdU)

“Constitutive Censorship: A New Face of Newsroom Control in Hong Kong” Allan AU (Professional Consultant, School of Journalism & Communication, CUHK)

“State-Society interface--Policing HKSAR Popular Protests, 1997-2017” Lawrence HO (Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, HKEdU)

4:15 - 5:30 pm Closing RoundtableLynn WHITE (Professor, Politics & International Affairs, Princeton), Larry DIAMOND (Senior Fellow, CDDRL, Stanford)

Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here.  RSVP by November 6 by 5:00 pm PST.

Event Sponsor: 
CDDRL, Center for East Asian Studies, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
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