[Community] Imagining Hong Kong Beyond the Umbrella Movement 傘後、本土、民主:對香港未來想像的異同

[Updated 29 May 2019: For those who might have missed this conversation with Mr. Alex Chow and Prof. Lui Tai-lok, here are the webcast and the photo album.]

Community Forum
Sunday, 24 March 2019, 2:30 pm
Alex Chow and Prof. Tai-lok Lui (moderator: Prof. Helen Leung)
Performance Hall, Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Free and open to the public
(Program in Cantonese 粵語講座 with simultaneous tweeting)

Registration: https://bit.ly/2BRo3uP

The Umbrella Movement of 2014 was a major milestone in the history of the democratic movement in Hong Kong. Though it has failed to lead to democratic reforms, the movement did witness the rise of the so-called localists, many of whom were too young to have had experienced colonial rule. And though they share the aspiration of a more democratic Hong Kong, such “localists” do differ from many from the pro-democracy camp in how they view the past and future of the former British colony. This conversation will explore such imaginations as well as the implications of their commonalities and differences.


Alex Yong Kang Chow is a former secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students. He was sentenced to seven months in prison in 2017 for his political leadership in the Umbrella Movement. He is an initiator of the Community Citizen Charter Movement, the Community Press Crowdfunding Scheme in Hong Kong, and the archival project Decoding Hong Kong. He also serves as a member of Network of Young Democratic Asians, which aims at building a region-based platform for activism and young activists. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.


Prof. Tai-lok Lui 呂大樂 is Vice President (Research and Development) and Chair Professor of Hong Kong Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is also Director of the Academy of Hong Kong Studies and the Centre for Greater China Studies. Prof. Lui’s research interests cover class analysis, economic sociology, urban sociology, and Hong Kong studies. He is a co-author of Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation and Hong Kong: Becoming a Chinese Global City as well as a co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Hong Kong. Prof. Lui is a columnist and an active member of various committees in NGOs, governmental, and professional bodies.

呂大樂教授現為香港教育大學副校長(研究與發展)、香港社會研究講座教授、香港研究學院總監及大中華研究中心總監。加入教大(前身香港教育學院)前,呂教授曾任香港大學社會學系教授,期間並出任社會科學院副院長 (2010–2011) 及社會學系系主任 (2011–2014)。他的研究範疇涵蓋階級分析、經濟社會學、城市社會學和香港社會研究等領域,著作包括 Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation; Hong Kong: Becoming a Chinese Global City;《香港模式》等。他一直熱心社會事務,參與多個政府及志願團體的委員會工作。同時,他亦是香港報刊的專欄作者。

This event is hosted by the Vancouver Hong Kong Forum Society and co-presented by the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative.

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