Democracy in Hong Kong: Screening and Panel Discussion of "Raise the Umbrellas"

September 20, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Democracy in Hong Kong

Images courtesy of P H Yang Photography 攝影; 楊必興

"Raise the Umbrellas" explores the origin and impact of Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement through the inter-generational lenses of three post-Tiananmen democratic activists - Martin Lee, founder of the Hong Kong Democratic party; Benny Tai, Occupy Central initiator; and Joshua Wong, the sprightly student leader.

Comprehensive and intimate, driven by stirring on-site footage in a major Asian metropolis riven by protest, "Raise the Umbrellas" reveals the Movement's eco-awareness, gay activism, and burgeoning localism, laying bare the sheer political risk for post-colonial Hong Kong's universal suffragists striving to define their autonomy within China.

Following the film screening, Prof. Prasenjit Duara (Oscar L. Tang Professor of East Asian Studies at Duke) will moderate a discussion with Evans Chan, the film director, Rwei-ren Wu, an scholar at Academica Sinica of the history of political thought in modern Taiwan, and Ho-fung Hung, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University who studies protests and nation-state formation.

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  • Asian/Pacific Studies Institute
  • Global Asia Initiative