[Seminar] Hong Kong Nationalism and the Chinese Dream in the Age of Global Capitalism

[Updated 14 March 2018: For friends who might have missed the seminar, here is the photo album.]

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 5:30 pm
120, C. K. Choi Building, UBC
1855 West Mall, Vancouver
Free and open to the public

A City Inscribed event. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Scholars and pundits continue to discuss the issue of Hong Kong’s right to self-determination under Chinese rule even after the Umbrella Movement has ended. The one perspective that frames the conflicts between Hong Kong and China in nationalist terms has attracted much attention in particular. The city’s inability to implement direct election, and its various social and economic problems are seen, from this nationalist perspective, as linked to China’s intervention in Hong Kong’s internal affairs, and political independence from China is offered as a remedy. As I will explain, the source of this unfreedom is not the Chinese state alone, but an entanglement of multiple forms of power that include the state and the capitalist form of control. When a nationalist perspective ignores how generalized domination results from the integration of the state with capitalist form of power, it is inadequate. The nation that may emerge out of this perspective will subsequently remain subservient as it maintains its adherence to capitalism and continues its membership in a global capitalist system over which China exercises hegemony.

Wai Kit Choi is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Los Angeles, and was a Fulbright Scholar from 2009 to 2010. His research interests are in globalization, historical sociology, and sociological theory. He has published in journals such as Journal of Historical Sociology, Postcolonial Studies and Science & Society. He also has an article on Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement forthcoming in the journal Perspective on Global Development and Technology.

This seminar is organized by the Hong Kong Studies Initiative and co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, the Centre for Chinese Research, the Department of History, St. John’s College, and the Department of Sociology.


Online registration is now closed. To find out if it is still possible to attend, please email us @ hksi.ubc@ubc.ca.