Hong Kong

CAS Event
Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm MDT
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Post-1997 Hong Kong has become the restive frontier of global China. It is the place where the major strategies of global Chinese power are in full display, and where these have provoked the strongest popular resistance yet to Chinese domination. In this talk, I will analyze (1) how global China’s generic playbook -- economic statecraft, patron-clientelism and symbolic violence – has been applied to Hong Kong over the past two decades, and (2) how this process of internal colonization has spurred and radicalized a momentous popular movement for self-determination. The politics of infrastructure is a key element in this historic struggle between Hong Kong and China.

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. She is the author of three multiple award-winning monographs on contemporary China: Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women (1998), Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt (2007), and The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa (2017). She is the founding chair of the Society for Hong Kong Studies, and her latest book on Hong Kong is Take Back Our Future: an Eventful Political Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (coedited with Ming Sing, 2019).

This webinar is part of the China Made Project made possible by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation.