Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (UTHKPASS): Exploring the HKSAR, China and Taiwan - What Has Changed in the Past 20 Years and a Look Ahead to the Future

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Friday, January 12th, 2018

Friday, January 12, 201812:00PM - 5:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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“Exploring the HKSAR, China and Taiwan – What Has Changed in the Past 20 Years and a Look Ahead to the Future” is an academic conference hosted by the University of Toronto Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (UTHKPASS).

As the first student-led academic conference at U of T focussing on Hong Kong issues, this conference serves to analyze the ever-changing social, economic and poltical dynamics in Hong Kong. The event will also consider Hong Kong’s relationship to China and the world in the post-handover era by examining the major issues of the past two decades and how these parallel issues in Taiwan and China.

Discussion Questions:

First Question/Topic: What implications does the political development of Hong Kong have on the Taiwanese Political climate?

Second Question/Topic: What role can Hong Kong play in China’s future? What are the implications for Hong Kong with a foreseeable stronger China on the world stage?

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Speakers’ Bios

Lynette Ong – Associate Professor of Political Science jointly apppinted by the Department of Political Science and the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Professor Lynette Ong is an expert in the politics and the political economy of China. With expertise in authoritarian politics and the political economy of development, she currently focuses on contentious politics in China and is undertaking a project on protest and land politics. Her book Prosper and Perish: Credit and Fiscal Systems in Rural China published by Cornell University Press has attracted lots of attention towards the non-sustainability of the “China Model”. Her publications have appeared or are forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, International Political Science Review, China Quarterly and China Journal, etc.

Tong Lam – Associate Professor, Department of Historical Studies; Director, Global Taiwan Studies Program, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Professor Tong Lam focuses his research on the modern and contemporary history of China, amongst other interests. Lam cofounded the Critical China Studies Working Group and organized an international conference on Architectural Spectacle and Urbanism in (Post)socialist China. His current research lies in the relation between politics and aesthetics and entails the use of history, ethnography and visual arts, a cutting edge approach adopted by few others. Lam published a photo essay book and exhibited his work internationally, and continues to examine urban infrastructures, ruins and ruination, and development in post-socialist China.

Victor C. Falkenheim – Professor Emeritus, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
With experience working on CIDA and World Bank projects in China, Professor Victor Falkenheim focuses on contemporary Chinese politics and issues concerning urbanization and migration. Serving as a Professor Emeritus of Political Science of East Asian Studies, he has been instructing a course on the dynamics of democratic transformation over the past 4 decades in East Asian states. He has often been called upon to advise the government on Sino-Canadian issues, and has spoken about the One Belt One Road policy. Falkenheim co-authored Hong Kong and China in Transition and has published in the Asian Journal of Public Administration and more.

Kui-Wai Li – Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, City University of Hong Kong
As a visiting professor at the Asian Institute of the Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Kui-Wai Li is a keen advocate of the Economism paradigm. He specializes in political economy, financial and economic development, and industry and trade, and has been acting as consultants to international institutions, foreign governments and businesses. With focuses in the Chinese and other Asian economies, he has published several books, including Economic Freedom: Lessons of Hong Kong and his articles have appeared in journals published in USA, UK, Italy, etc. Li has edited Financing China Trade and Investment and been regularly interviewed on Hong Kong, China and foreign issues. Li has also published a book entitled Redefining Capitalism in Global Economic Development in June 2017.

Jeffrey Ngo – Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto/Chief Researcher of Demosisto in Hong Kong
Jeffrey Ngo is a Visiting Scholar jointly affiliated with the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library and the Munk School of Global Affairs who studies the history of Hong Kong’s sovereignty. He’s also chief researcher for Demosisto, the Hong Kong youth pro-democracy political party. His writings have appeared in, among others, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from New York University.

Sida Liu – Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Toronto
With interests in sociolegal studies, Professor Sida Liu conducts empirical work on Chinese law and the legal profession and research on political sociology, criminal justice, and more. Having served and researched at different institutions, he has published extensively with articles appearing in Journal of Legal Education, Law and Social Inquiry, Law and Society Review, and others. He has been developing a theory of social space for analyzing law, professions, and other social entities following the Simmelian tradition of social geometry and the Chicago School of sociology. Liu currently teaches courses in the Criminology, Law and Society program.

William Watson – Lecturer/Undergraduate Coordinator, Centre for Criminological & Sociological Studies, University of Toronto
Professor William Watson is a lecturer and the Undergraduate Coordinator of the Centre for Criminology & Sociological Studies. His academic interests include the practice of forensic psychiatry, psychopathy, and the place of critical social science in public policy making. His articles also appeared in Sociology, The International Journal of Comparative Sociology, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, and others. Born and raised in the United Kingdom and having his doctorate completed at the University of Cambridge, Professor Watson witnessed the negotiation between the United Kingdom and China over the retrocession of Hong Kong in the 1980s.

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