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Panel Discussion Ft. Joshua Wong

October 11, 2015



Dear all,


HKPASS is proud to present its first event of the academic year!

This upcoming panel discussion features the most famous 18-year-old in Hong Kong, Joshua Wong. He will be joined by two other scholars from the LSE, who specialise in China-Hong-Kong affairs, to discuss the state of democracy in Hong Kong.

Due to overwhelmingly full room-bookings at the LSE, the venue has very limited seats. Don't miss it! sign up now in the link provided in the event page.


Co-hosting with the LSE Students’ Union, LSESU Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (HKPASS) is pleased to welcome a dynamic mix of student activists and academics for the upcoming panel discussion. 

We are so happy to host Mr Joshua Wong, who is an 18-year-old student activist from Hong Kong, as one of the panelists. He is the founder and convenor of a local student-activist group called Scholarism. Joshua gained the political spotlight in 2012 when he initiated a rally against the implementation of the subject “Moral and National Education” into the secondary schools' curriculum. He was listed as one of the 50 World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015. 


The focus of the discussion will be on the state of democracy and the democratisation process in Hong Kong, as well as the role of People’s Republic of China in influencing the development. After the 79-day Umbrella Movement that swept across the heart of Hong Kong, people in the city press on with the quest for greater democracy in its political system. In this coming occasion, we are going to explore the opportunities and risks of pushing forward political reform in Hong Kong from an insider view and an academic perspective.

Dr Mayling Birney
Dr Birney is an Assistant Professor from the Department of International Development at the LSE. She joined the LSE in 2010 after lecturing at Princeton University on Public and International Affairs for three years. Dr Birney specialises in the politics and political economy of China, which covers comparative democratization and governance and development in China. 

Professor Christopher Hughes
Professor Hughes teaches International Relations at the LSE and is also the Head of the Department. He places his research emphasis on China’s nationalism and its foreign policy. Professor Hughes also studies the impact of New Media on China’s politics and governance. 

Professor Charles Stafford
Professor Stafford is from the Department of Anthropology at the LSE. He has special expertise in the anthropology of China and Taiwan, with his research interest on child development, religion and morality of the regions. Professor Stafford profusely examined the impact of separation and reunion on lifestyles in rural communities in China. He has recently devoted himself into studying the interaction of everyday moral life and economic psychology in China



The event is open to all university students and staff. Seats are limited!

Date: 21st October, 2015
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm (Door opens at 6.30pm)
Venue: TW1 G.01, LSE


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