On Saturday 6 June 2015, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, the China Democracy Forum (Sydney) and the Sydney Democracy Network hosted a day-long forum at the University on The Umbrella Movement: Hong Kong and the Future of China.
With opening remarks by Professor Simon Tormey, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University, speakers included Professor Chan Kin Man, Alex Chow, Lester Shum, Edward Chin, Professor Hu Yuan-Hui, Stephenie Andal, David Chien and Dr Chrisann Palm.
VIDEO | Highlights of the day
The discussion during the day centred on the social impact, political tactics and achievements of the Umbrella Movement and the ways in which these came about with the leadership of a younger generation of students acting in a digital environment.
The forum generated strong interest from local students and the Chinese and Hong Kong community in Sydney and was attended by an audience of more than 100.
The forum concluded with an extended question and answer session looking to the future for the Umbrella Movement and considering whether it can overcome the setbacks it has suffered to play a vital role in shaping not just the future of Hong Kong but political dynamics in mainland China as well.
VIDEO | Welcome and Introduction – Professor Simon Tormey and Professor John Keane (University of Sydney)
VIDEO | The Umbrella Movement and the Future of Democracy in Hong Kong – Associate Professor Chan Kin-Man (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
VIDEO | The Umbrella Movement as Turning Point – Alex Chow Yong-Kang (Hong Kong Federation of Students)
VIDEO | The Push for Genuine Universal Suffrage – Lester Shum (Hong Kong Federation of Students)
VIDEO | Hong Kong’s Long Road to Democracy – Edward Chin (2047 Hong Kong)
VIDEO | New Media and the Construction of an Alternative Public Sphere: the March 18 Occupation of Taiwan’s Parliament – Professor Hu Yuan-Hui (National Chung Cheng University)
VIDEO | Chinese Cyber Sovereignty and Hong Kong – Stephenie Andal (University of Sydney)
VIDEO | Perspectives of Overseas Democrats – David Chien (China Democracy Forum, Sydney)
VIDEO | Implications of the Umbrella Movement for Australia and the World – Dr Chrisann Palm (Queensland University of Technology)
Welcome and Introduction by John Keane and Simon Tormey:
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The Umbrella Movement and the Future of Democracy in Hong Kong by Chan Kin-man (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
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The Umbrella Movement as Turning Point by Alex Chow (Secretary General of the Hong Kong Federation of Students)
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The Push for Genuine Universal Suffrage by Lester Shum (Deputy Secretary General of the Hong Kong Federation of Students)
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The second forum happened on June 8th 2015, the working language is Mandarin. Please see the video playlist below: