Destiny and Discontent: the Outlook for Hong Kong


Arts Building Room 160, 853 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G5, CA

A guest lecture by Professor Alejandro Reyes of the Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong.

Abstract:  The street protests in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China since June have highlighted not just the tensions in the relationship with Beijing, which rules the SAR under the “one country, two systems” framework, but also the social and economic stresses on the city’s youth. What started as generally peaceful activism against a bill that would allow extraditions to the mainland has turned into demonstrations that are marked by vandalism and violent clashes between police and protesters. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong economy has taken a hit and residents (including an estimated 300,000 Canadians) are wondering how the situation will play out. Alejandro Reyes, a director and associate professor at the Asia Global Institute of the University of Hong Kong, who until recently was a senior policy advisor in the
Canadian foreign ministry in Ottawa, will offer an on-the-ground perspective on the protests and the outlook for Hong Kong going forward.

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