The 2019 HK Protests: What Does the Future Hold for Hong Kong?

November 18, 2019
7:00 pm
Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122
1100 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

In light of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, the Center for East Asian Studies and a group of undergraduate students from Hong Kong are co-organizing a symposium titled “The 2019 Hong Kong Protests – What does the Future Hold for Hong Kong?”. Ms. Emily Lau, a senior pro-democracy politician, Dr. Henry Ho, a pro-Beijing think tank founder and former Hong Kong government official, as well as Prof. Victoria Hui from the University of Notre Dame will Skype in and speak at the event. The event will be moderated by Prof. Dali Yang. The speakers will discuss topics such as the origin and escalation of the protests, the demands of the protestors, what the government can do and what the future might look like for Hong Kong. 

The Facebook page for the event can be found here. In addition to the Q&A session at the end of the event, you can also submit questions for the speakers here. This is an educational event with no political message.


Ms. Emily Lau is the former leader of the Democratic Party in Hong Kong. She was the first woman to be directly elected to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong in 1991. She served as a member of the Legislative Council for over 20 years until she stepped down in 2016.

Dr. Henry Ho is the founder and chairman of the One Country Two Systems Youth Forum. He was the former Political Assistant to Secretary for Development in the Hong Kong government. He is also a member of the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee.

Prof. Victoria Hui is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. She is a native of Hong Kong and an expert in contentious politics, particularly in the China-Hong Kong context.


Prof. Dali Yang is the William Claude Reavis Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College and Senior Advisor to the President and the Provost on Global Initiatives at the University of Chicago.