[Seminar] Evolution of Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement

Hong Kong Studies Seminar
Monday, 25 February 2019, 5:30 pm
Dr. Ma Ngok (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Aquatic Ecosystems Research Lab 120, UBC
2202 Main Mall, Vancouver
(*note change of venue*)
Free and open to the public

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The democracy movement in Hong Kong in the last four decades has been shaped by three main factors: attitude towards China, attitude towards the establishment, and class. While the movement has been marked by cycles of mobilization and demobilization, the end of the 2014 Umbrella Movement has brought new challenges. Advocates for democracy have found it hard to move forward amidst China’s conservative turn, new identity politics, and value changes.

Ma Ngok 馬嶽 is an Associate Professor of Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Political Development in Hong Kong: State, Political Society, and Civil Society (Hong Kong University Press, 2007) and a frequent commentator on current affairs and political issues concerning Hong Kong.

This public seminar is organized by the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative and co-sponsored by: Department of Asian StudiesDepartment of HistoryDepartment of Political ScienceCentre for Chinese Research, and St. John’s College.

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Sunday, 24 February 2019, 2:30 pm
Value Changes and Hong Kong Governance 香港的價值變遷與管治困難
Dr. Ma Ngok (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Richmond Public Library
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Free and open to the public
(Program in Cantonese 粵語講座 w/ simultaneous tweeting)
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In recent years, Hong Kong has witnessed obvious changes, especially among the younger generations, in terms of people’s post-materialist values, their attachment to China, and their trust in the government. There is a trend towards polarization as well as a widening value gap between generations. Recent events have shown that this widening gap has added to Hong Kong’s governance problems, which are becoming increasingly difficult to resolve.


This community conversation is co-sponsored by: Vancouver Hong Kong Forum SocietyUBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative, and Richmond Public Library.