Democracy in Hong Kong: Screening and Panel Discussion of "Raise the Umbrellas"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

Speaker(s): 
Prasenjit Duara, Evans Chan, Rwei-ren Wu, Ho-fung Hung

"Raise the Umbrellas" explores the origin and impact of Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement through the inter-generational lenses of three post-Tiananmen democratic activists - Martin Lee, founder of the Hong Kong Democratic party; Benny Tai, Occupy Central initiator; and Joshua Wong, the sprightly student leader.Comprehensive and intimate, driven by stirring on-site footage in a major Asian metropolis riven by protest, "Raise the Umbrellas" reveals the Movement's eco-awareness, gay activism, and burgeoning localism, laying bare the sheer political risk for post-colonial Hong Kong's universal suffragists striving to define their autonomy within China.Following the film screening, Prof. Prasenjit Duara (Oscar L. Tang Professor of East Asian Studies at Duke) will moderate a discussion with Evans Chan, the film director, Rwei-ren Wu, an scholar at Academica Sinica of the history of political thought in modern Taiwan, and Ho-fung Hung, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University who studies protests and nation-state formation.

White 107 (White Lecture Hall)

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