The Perfect Storm: Hong Kong's Political Crisis
Copland Theatre - B01
198 Berkeley Street
How do we understand what's happening in Hong Kong? Is this a turning point where, by showing up in the millions to protest, Hong Kong has bought itself time against the encroachment of China’s political system, or is this merely a local revolt against a deeply unpopular leader and her policies?
Panellists will draw from their disciplinary perspectives to discuss events, including the information war that is unfolding in the streets and cyberspace; the extradition bill and post-1997 governance in Hong Kong – the unreformed colonial system meets the People's Republic of China; and Hong Kong’s diminishing role in China’s economic future.
Professor Christine Wong, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
Professor Christine Wong
Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne
Christine Wong is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Melbourne. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Christine Wong was Professor and Director of Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, where she was a Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall. Professor Wong has also held the Henry M. Jackson Professorship in International Studies at the University of Washington, and taught economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, Berkeley; and Mount Holyoke College. In addition to a distinguished academic career, Professor Wong has held senior staff positions in the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Over the past twenty years she has worked extensively with the World Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, as well the IMF, UNDP, UNICEF, and the UK Department for International Development. She is a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures. Professor Wong is a leading authority on China's public finance. Her work on public finance, centrallocal relations and their implications for governance, economic development and welfare in China are widely cited, including several major World Bank studies for which Professor Wong was principal author.
Professor John Burns, Emeritus Professor, Honorary Professor, Dept. of Politics and Public Administration
Professor John Burns
Emeritus Professor, Honorary Professor, Dept. of Politics and Public Administration
University of Hong Kong
John Burns is the former Chair Professor of Politics and Public Administration and former Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at HKU. His areas of expertise include comparative politics and public administration, specialising in China, including Hong Kong, and focusing on partystate relations, public sector reform and the civil service. He is the author or editor of eight books including Government Capacity and the Hong Kong Civil Service (Oxford, 2010)
Ms Louisa Lim, Senior Lecturer in Audiovisual Journalism, Centre for Advancing Journalism
Ms Louisa Lim
Senior Lecturer in Audiovisual Journalism, Centre for Advancing Journalism
University of Melbourne
Louisa Lim is an award winning journalist. She is the author of The People's Republic of Amnesia; Tiananmen Revisited, which was a finalist for the Orwell Prize and the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Her journalism on Hong Kong can be read in the New York Times, The Guardian, the New Yorker and the Washington Post. She is also a cohost of the Little Red Podcast which won the News and Current Affairs award at the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards.