Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
China Initiative

Edward Steinfeld ─ Making Sense of Hong Kong’s Protests

Saturday, October 19, 2019

11:00am – 11:50am

Friedman Auditorium, Metcalf Research Building, 190 Thayer Street

The recent protests in Hong Kong have frequently been presented in the media as a case of freedom-loving individuals trying to preserve their rights — and their city’s liberal system — in the face of an alien, and increasingly aggressive authoritarian regime. What is right and wrong with this interpretation? What else might be going on that is motivating these protests and the reaction of citizens across greater China? And, given that this year marks the 100th anniversary of China’s famous May 4th movement, how should we understand these protests in historical context?

Edward S. Steinfeld is the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and Dean’s Professor of China Studies.