VIDEO | Hong Kong: City of Protest — Antony Dapiran


Co-hosted by the Sydney Democracy Network, the China Studies Centre and Organising the 21st Century City: Henry Halloran Trust

Hong Kong is a city with a long history of civil disobedience. In City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong(Penguin, 2017), author Antony Dapiran explores the historical and social stimuli and implications of protest movements in Hong Kong from the turbulent 1960s until the most recent wave of protests, culminating in the “Umbrella Revolution” of 2014. In the aftermath, Beijing and the Hong Kong government have signaled a crackdown on dissent in the city, with leaders including figurehead Joshua Wong jailed for their roles in the protests and pro-democracy legislators removed from office. On the occasion of launching his book in Australia, Antony will look at the political and institutional factors driving political protest in Hong Kong, and explore how these grassroots movements are the expression of a unique Hong Kong identity — one that distinguishes it from the Mainland under the “One Country, Two Systems” formula. As this identity comes into conflict with Beijing’s desire to increase its control of the city, what will the future hold for Hong Kong in the tightening embrace of China?

About the Author

Antony Dapiran is a Hong Kong-based lawyer and writer. One of the leading corporate finance lawyers in the Greater China market, Antony has advised on capital markets transactions that have been transformational for the Chinese business landscape and raised in aggregate more than US$70 billion. Antony writes and presents extensively on China and Hong Kong business, politics and culture. A contributing editor of Art Asia Pacific magazine, his writing has also appeared in, among others, the Australian Financial Review, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, CNN International, Nikkei Asia Review and The Australian’s Business Spectator. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and spent two years studying Chinese and law at Peking University, China. He is admitted as a lawyer in Hong Kong, England & Wales and New South Wales, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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