On November 13, 2017, the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), in partnership with event co-sponsors Shorenstein APARC China Program and CDDRL Taiwan Democracy Project, hosted a special symposium entitled "China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at 20". The Stanford programs welcomed 17 distinguished government officials and academics from both Hong Kong and the U.S. for a one-day event discussing the present and future state of Hong Kong as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China.
Symposium coordinator Professor Ming K. Chan described the purpose of the symposium as follows: "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." More information on the symposium's program can be found on its event page here.
After completing the one-day symposium at Stanford, participants moved on to UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Toronto to do similar events at each location.
Archival video footage of the symposium, generously provided by volunteers Mr. Ken Chan and Mr. Charles Cheung, can be viewed on Youtube at the following links: