Organizer

Association for Asian Studies
Phone
(734) 665-2490
Website
http://www.asian-studies.org/

Other Organizers

Society for Hong Kong Studies
Email
info@hkstudies.org
Website
https://www.hkstudies.org/

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 23 2018
  • Time: 03:00 - 05:00

Location

Maryland Suite B, Lobby Level, Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Category

Date

Mar 23 2018

Time

PST
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

AAS Annual Conference 2018 Panel – Contentious and Identity Politics in Postcolonial Hong Kong

The salience and radicalization of identity politics in Hong Kong is one of the most unprecedented and unexpected changes since the end of Britishcolonial rule. Despite China’s economic enticements and intense efforts to promote patriotism, a variety of localist identities and movements have flourished in Hong Kong among a younger generation, with some activists making the once unthinkable claim for political independence. How does one analytically define Hong Kong and Hong Konger? This panel examines the multiple and contradictory trajectories of identity politics and value change in Hong Kong in the past two decades and especially after the Umbrella Movement laid bare the government’s forceful means to exert political control and revealed its determination to redefine the One Country Two Systems formula.

The first paper uses aggregate longitudinal data to document the public’s growing sense of political efficacy even as they register declining confidence in formal political institutions.

Another paper reinforces the panel’s focus on the evolution of diverse political identities as social movements and political regime become increasingly contentious.

Zeroing in on the spectrum of localist politics and identities, a third paper highlights the drastically changed relationship between a region and a political center. The final paper uses the transmission of Hong Kong’s collective memory towards June 4th 1989 to trace how a young generation of Hong Kong citizens gain diverse moral sensibilities and rapidly reposition themselves in face of a China that had turned from a nuanced cultural formation to an uncompromising political authority.

The Panel 

Organizer:

Francis Lee
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor
francis_lee@cuhk.edu.hk

Chair:

Helen Siu
Yale University
Professor
helen.siu@yale.edu

Paper presenters:

Ngok Ma
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Associate Professor
hofung@jhu.edu

Edmund Cheng
Hong Kong Baptist University
Assistant Professor
ewcheng@hkbu.edu.hk

Malte Philipp Kaeding
University of Surrey
Lecturer
mediarelations@surrey.ac.uk

Francis Lee
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor
francis_lee@cuhk.edu.hk

Co-authors:

Sam Yuen
Lingnan University
Assistant Professor
samsonyuen@Ln.edu.hk

Heidi NK Wang-Kaeding
Trinity College, Dublin
Assistant Professor
Heidi.nk.wang@gmail.com

Discussants:

Aihwa Ong
University of California, Berkeley, California
Professor
aihwaong@berkeley.edu

Ray Yep
City University of Hong Kong
Professor
sarkmyep@cityu.edu.hk

Presentations:

Hong Kong Localism: An Ideology of Resistance

Inter-generational Transmission Disrupted: Contesting Collective Memory of Tiananmen in Post-umbrella Hong Kong

Rethinking Movement Outcomes in Hong Kong: State Mobilization, Identity Struggle and Political Predicaments

Value Changes, Institutional Trust and Democratic Development of Hong Kong

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