Locating Democracy, Leftism, and Internationalism in Hong Kong

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Co-sponsors: UCLA Asia Pacific Center, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, UC Irvine Center for Asian Studies, and UC Irvine Long US-China Institute, Pomona College Asian Studies Program

Online Event on Zoom [RSVP Required]

[Pacific Time, US & Canada] May 26, 2022 4PM
[Hong Kong Time] May 27, 2022 7AM

About the Event

Decolonial and leftist perspectives on Hong Kong, though important, have largely been sidelined or unidentified in the city’s recent struggles for democracy and self-determination. Although discourses and practices that have emerged, such as labor union organizing and boycotting, may not explicitly operate under the banners of leftism or decoloniality in Hong Kong, examining them under these frameworks can offer significant historical, transnational, and prefigurative sight lines with which to contextualize and interpret their impacts. This book talk explores these decolonial, leftist, and internationalist practices in Hong Kong as a submerged but long-standing tradition of its own.


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Sophia Chan

(Oxford University)

is a postdoctoral research fellow in politics at Oxford University. Her research sits at the intersection of 20th century anticolonial thought, contemporary theories of global justice; questions of empire and race; and ideas of equality and self-determination. She received her BA and MPhil from the University of Hong Kong, and PhD from Princeton University.

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Ellie Tse

(University of California, Los Angeles)

holds a BA with Distinction in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is pursuing a PhD in Cultural and Comparative Studies in Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is co-editor of Reorienting Hong Kong's Resistance: Leftism, Decoloniality, and Internationalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022). Currently she serves as assistant curator at Para Site, Hong Kong.

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Promise Li

(Princeton University)

is an activist and writer from Hong Kong and Los Angeles and a member of Lausan Collective and Internationalism from Below.


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Lily Wong

(American University)

is Associate Professor of Literature as well as Critical Race Gender & Culture Studies at American University and serves as the Associate Director of AU’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center. Her research focuses on the politics of affective labor, racial capitalism, minor-transnational coalitional movements, as well as media formations of transpacific Chinese, Sinophone, and Asian American communities.


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