What is Hong Kong and what will it become? What constitutes the Hong Kong spirit, and what does it mean to be a Hong Konger? The box office hit "Ten Years" (2015) offers a dystopian vision of the region in the year 2025, with human rights and freedoms gradually diminishing as the mainland Chinese government exerts increasing influence. Today, Hong Kong people are struggling to obtain a better future. For more than six months, millions of Hong Kong people have taken to the streets to fight for their identity and their human rights. This evening takes you to the heart of the Hong Kong spirit: come and watch what Hong Kong is all about, and meet Hong Kong activists and experts who will take you behind the scenes of one of the major revolutions of our times.
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The handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China in 1997 was founded on the principle of “one country, two systems”, a guarantee to preserve Hong Kong’s separate legal and economic system for at least 50 years. This promise of autonomy and human rights protection has increasingly come under attack through a series of policies and actions taken by the Beijing government in tandem with the Hong Kong authorities.
The people of Hong Kong have repeatedly demonstrated deep concern about encroachment on “one country, two systems”. The 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protests and Occupy Central campaign occupied major roads over an 11-week period to protest a decision by Beijing authorities to limit “universal suffrage” – the true autonomy promised in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a registered legal treaty, but long-delayed (and denied) by China since 1997. These protests have since been dwarfed by the turnout for protests starting in April 2019, which were sparked by fears that the government’s proposed Extradition Bill would allow the extradition of any ‘fugitive suspect’ claimed by China to face trial under mainland China’s opaque and harsh criminal justice system. Millions of people have marched in the streets of Hong Kong, and the leaderless, self-organized protests are still going strong.
With contributions of:
- Janet Lui: Alumni of MA Political Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London and 2018-19 Hong Kong Chevening Scholarship Awardee. She will present her observations of the movement from a participant’s point of view and consider its potential impact on the development of the social movement.
- Stijn Deklerck: Senior Officer Human Rights Programmes (China) at Amnesty International Netherlands, and teacher of Chinese Law at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He holds a master’s degree in law and obtained his PhD in sinology with a study of activism in China’s contemporary LGBTI movement. He built up extensive activist experience as a core member of various Chinese and international NGOs, and is an accomplished producer of socially engaging documentaries.
- Gwyneth Kwai-Lam Ho: Hong Kong journalist specialized in feature writing on politics and social movements in the Greater China region.
- Amnesty International
- Movies That Matter
- Netherlands for Hongkong: this is a group of Hongkongers living in the Netherlands who stand in solidarity with the democratic movements in Hong Kong.
See also: https://www.facebook.com/nl4hk/
Movie: Ten Years
- Hongkong, 2015
- Jevons Au
- 104 minute