An Improbable Revolution: Hong Kong vs. China

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Memorial Union, De Carli Room

Hong Kong's anti-extradition movement has taken the world by storm, impressing and inspiring the global public with its energy, creativity and tenacity. This talk analyzes three "revolutionary" moments—re-imagining community, combatting violence and global city diplomacy—all in reaction to an increasingly repressive and aggressive Chinese regime. The objective is to highlight breakthroughs already achieved and envision possible challenges ahead.

About the Speaker:
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 research interests include labor, political sociology, development, China, Hong Kong, global south and comparative ethnography. She is the author of three award-winning monographs on China's turn to capitalism through the lens of labor.

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