[Blueboard] WHY HONG KONG IS IN PROTEST: FACTS AND MYTHS, ISSUES AND PROSPECTS

Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies [LS] leongcenter.soss at ateneo.edu
Wed Oct 8 13:59:20 PHT 2014


*Ateneo de Manila University*

*School of Social Sciences*

*Chinese Studies Program &*


*Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies*

*in cooperation with*


*Department of Political Science*
*invites you to a lecture on *

*WHY HONG KONG IS IN PROTEST: *
*FACTS AND MYTHS, ISSUES AND PROSPECTS*

*By: Dr. Diana J. Mendoza*

on Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 3:00-4:30PM
Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall Conference 206
Ateneo de Manila University

*ABSTRACT*
This talk examines the ongoing protests in Hong Kong in light of the
territory's demand for democracy under the "one country, two systems"
policy and political framework agreed upon by the United Kingdom and the
People's Republic of China when the former transferred sovereignty over the
territory to the latter on 1 July 1997.

Firstly, it analyzes the evolution of the pro-democracy movement in HK from
the large mobilization against the proposed national security legislation
in 2003, the biggest pro-democracy protest since 1989, to succeeding
pro-democracy mobilizations, and to more recent pro-democracy protests,
particularly against the publication in June 2014 of China's " White Paper"
policy document stressing China's sovereignty and ultimate authority over
Hong Kong, the week long students' classroom boycott, and the "Occupy
Central/HK" civil disobedience campaign.

Secondly, it highlights the issues framing the pro-democracy mobilizations
such as the demands for electing the chief executive in 2017 based on a
universal suffrage, calls for reforms in the Legislative Council 2012 and
resolution of conflicts between China and HK.

Lastly, it identifies the factors that shape the tortuous path of HK's
democratization including the dearth of trusted political leaders as
guardians of HK's interests, de-bureaucratization of politics, weak
pro-democratic alliances, the huge income gap between the rich and the
poor, the increased presence of mainlanders, and diminished social mobility.

Two main arguments frame the entire discussion. One, democratization in HK
is quite different from other paths of third-wave democratization. Two, the
challenge of democracy in HK will be a protracted political struggle and
one in which China would have the final say.

*ABOUT THE SPEAKER *
Dr. Diana J. Mendoza is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the
Ateneo de Manila University. A grantee of Hong Kong government's University
Grants Committee-funded PhD scholarship, she obtained her Doctor of
Philosophy in Asian and International Studies from the City University of
Hong Kong where she also taught part-time in Spring and Fall Semesters
2012. Her publications include articles in the Philippine Political Science
Journal and Korean Political Science Review.

*RSVP: 4266001 locals 5284 (Ms. Manilyn) and 5280 (Ms. Ritch)*
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