The Asian Studies Program, the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL) and the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law cordially invite you to the Asia Law Talk, “What’s happening in Hong Kong?” on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

As the People’s Republic of China celebrated its 70th anniversary on October 1, 2019, anti-government protesters in Hong Kong were blocking roads, setting fires and throwing petrol bombs.  Police have arrested hundreds of protesters, one as young as 12, and have been accused of using excessive force.  What has led to this state of conflict, in a city previously known for its tradition of peaceful protests and a restrained police force?  Two visiting experts from Hong Kong will share their observations regarding the protests and analyze how the unrest – and China’s response to it – could affect Hong Kong and the rest of the region.

When:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Where: University of Hawaii School of Law, Davis Levin Livingston Moot Courtroom

Speakers :
Moderator: Professor Carole J. Petersen,  Graduate Chair of Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa


Frank Ching: What’s Happening in Hong Kong and What Could Come Next?

Anna Wu Hungyuk:  Protests in Hong Kong Since 2012: Freedoms, Franchise and Identity


Frank Ching is a journalist and writer who has reported on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan for many years. He worked for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review and was a columnist with the South China Morning Post. Currently, he writes a weekly column on China that appears in English-language newspapers, primarily in Asia. For the last 15 years, he has also served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, teaching a course on China’s External Relations.

Anna Wu Hung-yuk is a Hong Kong lawyer and Chair of the Competition Commission. She previously served on Hong Kong’s Executive Council and in the Legislative Council. She has chaired the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority, the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Consumer Council, and the Operations Review Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. She also served as a member of the Law Reform Commission, an honorary professor of the University of Hong Kong, and a global advisor for UCLA.


Please join us for light refreshments.   Your RSVP by October 11 would be greatly appreciated.

* The refreshments will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsor: This event is sponsored by the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law.  Co-Sponsors:  Center for Chinese Studies; Asian Studies Program; Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace; Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL).