Democracy in Hong Kong: Before and After the Umbrella Movement

Sponsor: Centre for Chinese Research
Type: Talk
Date: April 28, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 3-5PM
Location: Lecture Room, St. John’s College
Address:2111 Lower Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


About the Event

September 2014 protests against brought global attention to grass-roots calls for democracy in Hong Kong. Viewers across the world saw images of people participating in acts of civil disobedience and holding umbrellas to protect themselves from police tear gas, leading the press to dub this the Umbrella Movement. Protests continued for months, and sympathy demonstrations sprung up worldwide.

During this talk, student leader Nathan Law will discuss the origins, legacy, and future of recent pro-democracy activism in Hong Kong, addressing questions such as: How did the Umbrella Movement come about? Why were common citizens willing to take to the streets in protest? And what has happened since the end of Umbrella Movement?

About the Speaker

Nathan Law Kwun Chung 羅冠聰 is a year 3 cultural studies major student at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. He is former Secretary General of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) and is now the Chairperson of Demosistō 香港眾志 (, a Hong Kong political party established on 10 April 2016. Law was heavily involved in the Umbrella Movement and was one of the students who participated an open debate with the Hong Kong government.