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Panelists Discuss the Movement in Hong Kong
Panelists examined the issues driving the protests in Hong Kong, the social composition and motivations of the protesters and counter-protesters, and how the various sides are using media to reach local, mainland and international audiences.
- Robert Chung, Public Opinion Research Institute, Hong Kong
Prof. Chung taught at the University of Hong Kong for three decades and launched its well-known and highly-regarded public opinion program.
- Robert Koepp, Director and the Chief Economist, the Corporate Network in Hong Kong for The Economist Group
Mr. Koepp has published on a wide-variety of topics and contributes to the network's annual Asia Business Outlook Survey. He's the author of two books.
- Fiona Ng, Senior Producer for Air Talk with Larry Mantle
Ms. Ng is a veteran journalist who has written on a number of topics focusing on Chinese and Chinese Americans. She's just returned from a reporting trip to Hong Kong.
- Francis Lee, Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof. Lee is the director of the university's School of Journalism and Communication. He's published extensively including two books on the Umbrella Movement. On Oct. 16, 2019, Prof. Lee published an update to the surveys his team have been conducting into Hong Kong public opinion. He wrote, "One clear explanation for this stability [39-41% of the public believing the protestors were using excessive violence] is that the public have consistently viewed the police as far more violent and abusive. As protesters have graduated from simply throwing bricks to using petrol bombs and vandalising targeted shops, police tactics have escalated in parallel, going beyond tear gas and rubber bullets to deploying specialised crowd management vehicles and firing live rounds."
- Samson Yuen, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science at Lingnan University in Hong Kong
Prof. Yuen studies comparative politics, focusing on authoritarian and hybrid regimes. He's leading a team carrying out surveys among protestors, counter protestors and the general public.
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