China's Hong Kong SAR at 20: Interdisciplinary Perspectives


Date and Time

November 13, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM


Philipppines Conference Room
 Encina Hall, 3rd Floor
 616 Serra Street
 Stanford, CA 94305

RSVPs are Closed for this Event

Sponsored by:
Center of Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Center for East Asian Studies, China Program, Shorenstein APARC

Contact: Kelley Cortright


Two decades after its transformation from a British colony to become China’s Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong is an arena of tensions punctuated by local-mainland discord and mutual distrust. Highlighting the HKSAR’s “One Country, Two Systems” actualization challenges, four political leaders and six academics from Hong Kong will pinpoint the dynamics shaping their city of 7.2 million amid a contest between local liberal values and its party-state sovereign’s authoritarian orthodoxy.  Anchored in multidisciplinary approaches with divergent ideo-political perspectives, this one-day seminar engages the Stanford community with Hong Kong front-liners.


9:00 - 9:15 am Opening Remarks:

Chaofen SUN (Professor, EALC, Stanford), Gordon CHANG (Professor, History, Stanford)

9:20 - 10:50 am Keynote Speakers:

Moderator: Ming CHAN (Distinguished Practitioner, CEAS, Stanford)

  • Martin LEE (HK Democratic Party founding chair; HK Basic Law drafter; ex-HKSAR legislator)
  • Jasper TSANG (Democratic & Progressive Alliance for a Better HK founding chair, ex- HKSAR legislature president)
  • Cheong CHING (veteran journalist)
  • Zhenmin WANG (PRC Central Gov’t Liaison Office-HK, Law Dept. Director; ex-Dean Tsing Hua University Law School)

10:50 - 11:30 am Open Discussion

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 - 2:30 pm Academic Panel I: "HKSAR Political Dynamics"

  • “Ideologies and Factionalism in Beijing-HK Relations: Nationalism vs Localism,” Sonny LO (Deputy Director, SPACE, HKU)
  • “Party Under-Development in Arrested Democratization: 20 years after 1997 in Hong Kong,” Ngok MA (Associate Professor, Government & Public Administration, CUHK)
  • “Stages of the Democratic Movement in Hong Kong,” Benny TAI (Associate Professor, Law, HKU)

2:30 - 4:00 pm Academic Panel II: "HKSAR Socio-Economic Dimensions"

  • “HKSAR’s Role in PRC Financial Globalization,” Vic Y. W. LI (HKEdU)
  • “Constitutive Censorship: A New Face of Newsroom Control in Hong Kong,” Allan AU (CUHK)
  • “State-Society interface--Policing HKSAR Popular Protests, 1997-2017,” Lawrence HO (HKEdU)

4:15 - 5:30 pm Closing Roundtable
Lynn WHITE (Professor, Politics & International Affairs, Princeton)
Larry DIAMOND (Senior Fellow, CDDRL, Stanford)


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