We Have Boots & The Future of Hong Kong: Q&A
Two decades after the Sino-British Handover of Hong Kong in 1997, the former colony has been engaged in intense democratic struggles that began with the 2014 Umbrella Movement for universal suffrage. Yet the passage of the National Security Law, enacted by Beijing for Hong Kong, threatens to wipe out the city’s freedom and autonomy. Martin Lee, veteran democracy advocate, recently said: “The end of Hong Kong as we know it, as an international city, as a free port and with…freedoms protected by [an] independent court – this could well disappear.” What can the international community do? And what is Britain’s responsibility, if there still is any, over Hong Kong? What will happen to the city’s opposition activists?
Here’s a timely and illuminating conversation on the occasion of the UK online premiere of Evans Chan’s documentary, We Have Boots.
Mike Ingham (Professor of English at Lingnan University in Hong Kong)
Steve Tsang (Director of the SOAS China Institute at UCL)
Evans Chan (dir. We Have Boots, Raise The Umbrellas)
Benedict Rogers (co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hong Kong Watch)
Brian Leung (PhD student at the University of Washington & former editor of the HKU student union magazine Undergrad)
Sharon Hom (Executive Director at Human Rights in China, a New York-based advocacy group, & Professor of law emerita at the City University of New York School of Law.)
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