Bucerius Greater China Talk

The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong – Social Protests Challenging Chinese Sovereignty

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Sovereignty over the former British colony Hong Kong has been transferred to China in 1997. Under the concept “One country, two systems”, the Chinese government guaranteed that Hong Kong's capitalist economic, social and political systems would remain unchanged for a period of 50 years.  17 years later, in 2014, social protests in Hong Kong caught global attention and became known as the „Umbrella Movement“. Led by students and democratic sympathizers, the protests challenged government authority in Hong Kong and questioned the legitimacy of its China patrons. The lecture by Helen Siu, Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, will analyse the motivation, dynamics and impact of the protests and its current status.