Professor Teresa Wright looks at how, when, and why Chinese individuals and groups have engaged in protests and how the targets of their complaints have responded; thus shedding light on the stability of China’s existing political system and its likely future trajectory.
Video: Jeff Wasserstrom on the history of protests in Hong Kong
In this illustrated presentation, Prof. Wasserstrom puts events since the 1997 Handover and particularly since the 2014 Umbrella Movement into comparative and historical perspective.
In this illustrated presentation, Prof. Jeffrey Wasserstrom puts events since the 1997 Handover and particularly since the 2014 Umbrella Movement into comparative and historical perspective, drawing on his long term interest in anti-authoritarian protests and the global cities in Asia and his many recent visits to Hong Kong. In addition to introducing material from his new book Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, Wasserstrom brings in things that have happened since he completed work on the book in October, including the massive December 8 march that he observed first hand.
About the Speaker
Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History at UC Irvine. He edited the Journal of Asian Studies for a decade. His previous books include Student Protests in Twentieth Century China (Stanford, 1991) and, as co-author, the third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know ( Oxford 2018). In addition to his academic writing, he regularly contributes to popular discussion with articles and op-eds in publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. Wasserstrom has spoken at USC several times, including on "China's Goals for the 2008 Olympics."
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The events in Hong Kong have moved beyond where they were in September 2019, but you may still find the presentations made at our symposium then to be of interest. Presenters included Hong Kong academics, a Hong Kong-based business analyst, and a Los Angeles-based journalist who is from Hong Kong and covered early protests there. USCI website | USCI YouTube Channel