January 25: “After Autonomy: A Post-Mortem for Hong Kong’s First Handover, 1997–2019”

Book Launch/Interdisciplinary Faculty Dialogue

Wednesday January 25, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, via Zoom
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Prof. Vukovich’s book (2022) “offers a sharp, critical analysis of the rise and fall of the 2019 anti-extradition bill movement in Hong Kong, including prior events like Occupy Central and the Mongkok Fishball Revolution, as well as their aftermaths in light of the re-assertion of mainland sovereignty over the SAR. Reading the conflict against the grain of those who would romanticize it or simply condemn it in nationalistic fashion, Vukovich goes beyond mediatized discourse to disentangle its roots in the Basic Law system as well as in the colonial and insufficiently post-colonial contexts and dynamics of Hong Kong. He examines the question of localist identity and its discontents, the problems of nativism, violence, and liberalism, the impossibility of autonomy, and what forms a genuine de-colonization can and might yet take in the city. A concluding chapter examines Hong Kong’s need for state capacity and proper, livelihood development, in the light of the Omicron wave of the Covid pandemic, as the SAR goes forward into a second handover era.” (Amazon.com) Daniel Vukovich is Chair of the Comparative Literature Department at the Hong Kong University, where he teaches cultural and theoretical studies and world literature. Carole Petersen is Professor of Law and Graduate Chair of the Matsunaga Institute of Peace at UHM. Tim Summers teaches about international relations and the political economy of contemporary China at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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