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Lunch-Timer - Friday, Oct. 10 - Up to the Minute: The Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution

Oct 10, 2014 12:15PM to 01:15PM
Audience: 
Restricted to WWS students, faculty, and fellows
Speaker(s): 
Dingding Chen, University of Macau; Courtney Fung, University of Hong Kong; Andy Loo ’16, Hong Kong Students Association; Rory Truex, Woodrow Wilson School; Lynn T. White III, professor Emeritus, Princeton
Sponsor: 

Co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School, the School's China and the World Program, and the Program in East Asian Studies.

What began with Occupy Central, a civil disobendience campaign calling for universal sufferage in the Hong Kong chief executive election, has morphed into pro-democracy street protests that have deeply unsettled the Chinese central government and Chinese Communist Party. Party-run newspapers in China have blamed foreign “anti-China forces” for aiding and abetting the pro-democracy activists. The gulf between Western and Chinese depictions of the demonstrations may inflame Chinese nationalism and dim the prospects for meaningful compromise over Hong Kong’s future.

The Up to the Minute discussion will examine the Umbrella Revolution and what this could mean to China and the world. Participants include:

Courtney Fung, assistant professor, University of Hong Kong - Before joining the University of Hong Kong, Professor Fung was a post-doctoral research fellow with the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, based at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. She has been to the protest sites and will give an on-the-ground perspective. Dr. Fung holds a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where she was awarded the Peter Ackerman Dissertation Prize for her doctoral thesis. She also holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dingding Chen, assistant professor of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau - Chen teaches Chinese Politics and International Relations. His current research interests include China's foreign policy, East Asian security, human rights in international relations, International Relations theory, and legal reforms in China. His dissertation, “Transformation from within: Chinese Agency and International Human Rights Norms”, examines how and why changes in China’s human rights policy have taken place since 1978 by focusing on both international and domestic factors. Dr. Chen holds a B.A. in International Economics, Renmin University of China, China and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He can be found on Twitter at @ChenDingding. His recent article about the Hong Kong Protests may be found here: http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/hong-kongs-democrats-should-accept-the-np....

Lynn T. White III, professor of politics and international affairs, Emeritus; senior scholar, Princeton University - White’s interests include China, comparative revolutions and reforms, comparative organization, and patterns of political development. He has published widely on China and on Hong Kong.

Rory Truex is a new faculty member in the Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Politics. He studies comparative politics, focusing on Chinese politics and non-democratic regimes. His dissertation and book project, "Representation Within Bounds," explains the nature of legislator behavior in China's National People's Congress. His research on Chinese politics is published or forthcoming in the American Political Science Review and Comparative Political Studies, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Current projects explore how Chinese citizens evaluate their political system; the relationship between media bias and credibility in non-democracies; and patterns in dissident behavior and punishment. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton in 2007 and Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 2014.

Andy Loo is a junior and President of Princeton's Hong Kong Students Association. He was born and raised in Hong Kong and currently writes a weekly newspaper column in Hong Kong.