SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Hong Kong on the Edge

Hong Kong on the edge
Jeff Wasserstrom (Chancellor's Professor of History, UC Irvine)

Date: 13 November 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 13 November 2019Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)

Type of Event: Talk

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This talk will focus on patterns of protest and the tightening of political controls in Hong Kong during the last few decades, paying particular attention to the 2014 Umbrella Movement and of this dramatic events of this year, including the most recent June 4th anniversary vigil, which the speaker attended. The presenter, who has been visiting Hong Kong regularly since 1987, will draw on his work as a specialist in the history of anti-authoritarian movements in various parts of the world and his work on global cities of Asia. The presentation will provide a preview of ideas he is exploring in a short book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, which will be published in the Columbia Global Reports series at the start of 2020.


Jeffrey Wasserstrom holds a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz, an M.A. from Harvard and a PhD from Berkeley, and while a student also spent a year apiece at the University of London and Shanghai's Fudan University. A former editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, his most recent books are Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo (Penguin 2016) and the co-authored third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know ( Oxford 2018). In addition to writing for scholarly periodicals, he is a regular contributor to newspapers (the New York Times, the Financial Times, etc.), magazines (such as the Atlantic and New Left Review), and literary reviews (e.g, the TLS).


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Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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