Friday (March 14, 2014)

3:00-7:00pm        Check In (75 Waterman Street, Stephen Robert Campus Center, "Faunce")

8:00-9:00pm        Opening Address: "Innovating Hong Kong" by Charles Mok

                            Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert Campus Center

9:00-10:00pm       Reception


Saturday (March 15, 2014)

9:30-11:00 am        Panel #1: Governance in the City After a Decade of Protest

                             Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Jr. Library

11:30-12:30 pm       Keynote: "The Meaning of 'One Country, Two Systems'" by Dennis Kwok

                             Carmichael Auditorium, Building for Environmental Research and Teaching

1:00-2:00 pm         Lunch

2:00-3:30 pm        Panel #2: Hong Kong in the Context of Greater China

                             Marcuvitz Auditorium, Sidney Frank Hall

4:00-5:30 pm        Panel #3: Envisioning Reform within “One Country, Two Systems”

                             Marcuvitz Auditorium, Sidney Frank Hall

6:00-7:00 pm        Dinner

7:30-9:00 pm        Concluding Discussion: Change From the Networked Diaspora?

                            Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert Campus Center

9:30-11:30 pm        Evening Social


Lunch and Dinner are only open to those who have registered. Bolded events will be live streamed to audiences around the world. Note that times are in EDT.



Governance in the City After A Decade of Protest

We will open our conference with a discussion on the state of the city’s political system after the many mass protests that originated from Hong Kong’s civil society since 2003. Even though citizens regularly take to the streets, the city’s political institutions and its core values of rule of law, justice, and equality, remain intact. This panel will examine the effects of these episodes of social mobilization and contentious politics on everyday understandings of citizenship and belonging.

Panelists: Ho-Fung Hung, Sarah Y. T. Mak, Michael F. Martin, and Rebecca Nedostup

Hong Kong in the Context of Greater China

Despite its peripheral geographic location, Hong Kong has long been the center of trade and investment capital that aided in the development of the nation. As China’s gateway to the world, the city has long been the site of global flows that take on new life in the city’s unique position. This panel will place the city’s experience in the context of Chinese history, economy, culture, and politics, and explore how its future developments will affect greater China.

Panelists: Huei-Ying Kuo, Edward Steinfeld, Weiping Wu, and David Wyss

Envisioning Reform within “One Country, Two Systems”

The system of government created by the Basic Law and the formulation of “One Country, Two Systems” was unprecedented, yet the challenges that Hong Kong faces is not unique. This panel seeks to envision how reform is possible and what it will look like within the constraints faced, drawing on the experiences of other legal and political systems that underwent similar periods of change.

Panelists: Martin Flaherty, Janny Leung, David A. Rezvani, and Margaret Y. K. Woo

Change from the Networked Diaspora?

The final discussion will operate under the Chatham House Rule*. This concluding discussion will take place by recognizing the historical legacy of diasporic communities in being forces of change in their homeland. We will then move on to discuss the effect of technological change in our ability as far-flung residents of Hong Kong in participating in the happenings of the city. We will draw on the experiences of conference participants and come up with the next steps that attendees can embark on after they leave Providence.

Facilitators: Evelyn Hu-DeHart and Michael Suen

*The rule in full reads: “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”