Hong Kong: Global China’s Restive Frontier

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Friday, January 24th, 2020

Friday, January 24, 20203:00PM - 5:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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Post-1997 Hong Kong has become the restive frontier of global China – it is the place where the major strategies of global Chinese power are in full display, and where these have provoked the strongest popular resistance yet to Chinese domination. In this talk, I will first analyze Hong Kong as the testing ground for China’s power playbook around the world – (1) economic statecraft (2) patron-clientelism (3) symbolic violence. How do these mechanisms play out in Hong Kong? Second, I will trace the trajectory of countermovements in Hong Kong to generate lessons about the limits and effectiveness of global China.

Ching Kwan Lee is Dr. Chung Sze-yuen Professor of Social Science at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Professor of Sociology at UCLA. Her latest books include The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa (Chicago 2017) and Take Back Our Future: An Eventful Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (Cornell 2019).

RELATED EVENT: “Stand with Hong Kong Journalists” Photo Exhibit
DATES: December 2, 2019 – January 6, 2020
HOURS: please click here for regular and winter holidays hours
LOCATION: Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle
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Hart House, University of Toronto 
Stand With Hong Kong Journalists (SWHKJ)
The International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law 


Ching Kwan Lee
Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Diana Fu
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

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Asian Institute

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