The Hong Kong Protest Movement in Perspective II

CCS Teach-In featuring Jeffery Wasserstrom (UCI), Bellette Lee (UCLA) and Chit Wai John Mok (UCI)

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Live via Zoom

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On Thursday July 2nd, 2020 at 5:30pm PST, please join us on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 933 9989 3553
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Since June 2019, widespread protests have swept Hong Kong after a controversial Extradition Bill was introduced. In the ensuring months the protests were met with intense police actions and have escalated, setting off a complex series of political, economic, and cultural reverberations. Then in 2020 the COVID-19 outbreak further complicated the situation in Hong Kong, which took a dramatic turn in late May when the adoption of a new Hong Kong Security Law was introduced.

This “Teach-In” is an extension of a dialogue that began at UCLA last October. In this follow-up forum, the panelists will reconvene to explore how things have changed over the past nine months. The panelists will offer their views on the new Hong Kong Security Law, how COVID-19 has impacted the political situation, and how has the world been responding? For more context, participants are encouraged to listen to the podcast of Part I of this panel, which is available here:

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History, University of California Irvine. He is the author, most recently, of Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, a short book published in February by Columbia Global Reports, and the co-author of the third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford 2018). In addition to writing for scholarly periodicals, he is a regular contributor to newspapers (including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times) and magazines (such as the Atlantic and Dissent).

Bellette Lee is Lecturer of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, teaching Chinese politics under reform and international relations of East Asia. She received a B.A. from the University of Hong Kong, M.A. from the University of Birmingham (England), and PhD from the University of Chicago. Lee has published in the Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asia Network Exchange, and Chinese Law and Government. She is currently conducting research on the governing tactics of the Chinese state through development projects. Before going to graduate school, she was a politics reporter for South China Morning Post in the British colony of Hong Kong.

Chit Wai John Mok is a PhD student in sociology at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include contentious politics, social movements, religion, and politics in Hong Kong and China. He writes commentaries on Hong Kong in both Chinese and English media outlets, including The Washington Post, Nikkei Asian Review, and The Progressive.

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Asia Pacific Center