American Academy Lecture
Hong Kong: Ground Zero and a Global Awakening
There is a great deal of rage and fear on both sides of the political divide in present-day Hong Kong. Despite Beijing’s hardened rhetoric, protesters have remained defiant. Reeling from human rights abuses, they lament the lack of officials’ moral authority, highlight the erosion of institutional integrity since the changeover of sovereignty, question the legitimacy of police power, and push for political reforms that were promised but not delivered. Is the turmoil fanned by Beijing to justify the silencing of dissent in the name of national security? The recent landslide victories for anti-government forces in district council elections in Hong Kong and for Taiwan’s pro-independence party add to the volatility. Furthermore, will prolonged street conflicts and large numbers of arrests and injuries lead to unexpected dialogue among China’s restive border populations and a global awakening? In this talk, Helen F. Siu asks if this moment in Hong Kong’s history is the beginning, not the end, of something new.
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