China’s Hong Kong SAR at 20: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Conference/Symposium | November 14 | 1-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies

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. 4 political leaders and 6 academics from Hong Kong pinpoint the dynamics shaping their city of 7.2 million amid a contest between the local liberal values/democratic aspirations and the authoritarian orthodoxy of its party-state sovereign. Anchored in multidisciplinary approaches with divergent ideo-political perspectives, this half-day seminar engages the Berkeley community with Hong Kong front-liners.


1:00 pm Kevin O’Brien, IEAS Director: Welcoming Remarks
1:15 – 2:30 pm Panel 1 “HKSAR Political Dynamics”
Chair: Thomas Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley
“Ideologies and Factionalism in Beijing-HK Relations: Nationalism vs Localism” (by Sonny S. H. LO— SPACE-HKU DeputyDirector, PhD pol sci, Toronto; President, HK Political Science Association).
“Party Under-Development in Arrested Democratization: 20 years after 1997 in Hong Kong” (Ngok MA—Associate Professor Gov’t Dept, CUHK; PhD pol sci, UCLA).
“Stages of the Democratic Movement in Hong Kong” (Benny Y. T. TAI, Associate Professor, HKU law faculty; LLM Harvard).

2:30 – 3:45 Panel 2 “HKSAR Socio-Economic Dimensions”
Chair: Lynn T. White, III, Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
“HKSAR’s Role in PRC Financial Globalization” (Vic Y. W. LI—Assistant Professor, EdUHK; PhD in pol econ, Wilfred Laurier, Canada).
“Constitutive Censorship: A New Face of Newsroom Control in Hong Kong” (Allan K. L. AU, Professorial Consultant, communication & journalism school, CUHK; PhD in communication, CUHK; award-winning documentary films director/producer; Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford, 2005-06).
“State-Society interface--Policing HKSAR Popular Protests, 1997-2017” (Lawrence K. K. HO, Assistant Professor, SoSci Dept, EdUHK; PhD in criminology, HKU).

4:10 – 6:00 pm Keynote speeches
Chair: Kevin O’Brien, IEAS Director; Political Science, UC Berkeley
Martin LEE (HK Democratic Party founding chair, HK Basic Law drafter, ex-legislator, HK Bar Association ex-president).
Cheong CHING (veteran journalist; ex-deputy chief editor, Wen Wai Po (HK) ; chief China Correspondent, Singapore Straits Times; co-founder, Independent Commentators Association).
Jasper TSANG (Democratic & Progressive Alliance for a Better HK founding chair, HKSAR legislature ex-president).
WANG Zhenmin (PRC Central Government Liaison Office-HK Legal Dept Director; Tsing Hua Law School ex-Dean; PRC NPC HK Basic Law Committee member; 2007 Stanford HK Symposium speaker), 510-643-6321