Opening Address

The Honorable Charles Mok (莫乃光) will be addressing the conference during our opening session. His talk will be on "Innovating Hong Kong". He was elected in 2012 to the Legislative Council, representing the Information Technology Functional Constituency. He was a co-founder of the Professional Commons, a think tank that brings together professionals from various backgrounds to provide public policy analysis and advocates for professional independence. He was also a founding member of the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor. He is a regular contributor to local publications such as the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Charles is an accomplished entrepreneur and an advocate for the information and communications technology industry. He founded and led HKNet from 1994 to 2000, a major Internet service provider at the time. He previously headed the Asian, Australian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet Society Hong Kong, Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, and Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.


The Honorable Dennis W. H. Kwok (郭榮鏗 will be joining us for the keynote portion of our conference. His talk will be titled "The Meaning of 'One Country, Two Systems'". He was elected in 2012 to the Legislative Council, representing the Legal Functional Constituency, succeeding Ms. Margaret Ng. Elected at the age of 34, he was the second youngest member to be elected that year. He was a co-founder of the Professional Commons. He is also a founding member of the Civic Party and a member of the Citizen Commission for Constitutional Development initiated by Mrs. Anson Chan, Hong Kong’s former Chief Secretary for Administration.

Dennis received his LL.B. (Upper Class Hons.) from King’s College, University of London, and completed his PCLL at the University of Hong Kong. He was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and in Hong Kong and in 2006 he was called to the Bar. As a barrister in Princes Chambers, he is known for his growing practice in public administrative and civil law.




Martin Flaherty is the Leitner Family Professor and Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at the Fordham Law School. He is a Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton, and has taught at Columbia Law School, the China University of Political Science and Law, and the National Judges College in Beijing. His most recent article “One Country, Which Direction?: Hong Kong 15 Years After the Handover” appeared in the Columbia Journal of International Law.


Evelyn Hu-DeHart is a Professor of History, Ethnic Studies, and American Studies at Brown University. She was formerly the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and is an expert of the Chinese diaspora in the Americas. She is currently co-teaching a course at Brown on Transpacific Asian/American Studies simultaneously with Robert Lee at the Chinese University of Hong Kong using teleconferencing technologies. She co-edited Voluntary Associations in the Chinese Diaspora (2006) with Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce.


Ho-Fung Hung is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. He has published extensively on contentious politics and global political economy. His current work focuses on two ares: first, on the Chinese government’s contentious interactions with Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Tibet; and second, on the impact that the rise of China has had on the contours of global capitalism. He is the author of Protest with Chinese Characteristics (2013).


Huei-Ying Kuo is a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Research Scientist in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She writes extensively on transnational business networks in Hong Kong and Singapore, specializing in the 19th and early to mid-20th century. She has published extensively in journals such as the Journal of Overseas Chinese Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Enterprise and Society.


Janny Leung is a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute and an Associate Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong. Her research spans multiple fields, from language acquisition to the relationship between law and psychology. During her residency this year, she will be working on a study on bilingualism in the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s constitution, and its effects on the delivery of justice.


Sarah Y. T. Mak is a Lecturer at UC Santa Cruz in Political Science. Her research on nationalism, global cities, post-colonialism, and social movements draws heavily on fieldwork in Hong Kong. Her forthcoming book Everyday Imaginings in the Postcolonial details the commonplace manifestations of nationalism.


Michael F. Martin has a long history with Hong Kong. From 1994 to 1998, he was the Assistant Chief Economist for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). He taught at Hong Kong Baptist University for the academic year 1990/91. He is currently a Specialist in Asian Affairs for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, covering Hong Kong among other topics. He holds a B.A. from Michigan State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Martin lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his spouse, Meipo Fun Martin, who was born and raised in Hong Kong


Rebecca Nedostup is an Associate Professor in History at Brown University focusing on modern China. Her work spans multiple topics, from the treatment of the dead to modern political movements, utilizing various methodologies, from comparative approaches to spatial analysis. She is the author of Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity (2009).



David A. Rezvani is a Lecturer and Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Government at Dartmouth College. His comparative work deals with autonomous and partially independent territories, such as Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, and Catalonia. He received his degrees from the University of Washington, LSE, and Oxford. His forthcoming works, Surpassing the Sovereign State and China’s Golden Egg, both concern Hong Kong.


Edward Steinfeld is the Dean’s Professor of China Studies and a Professor of Political Science at Brown University. He is an expert on industrial development in China, and was recently appointed the Director of the China Initiative at the Watson Institute for International Studies, having previously taught at MIT. He is the author of Playing Our Game (2010) and Forging Reform in China (1998).


Michael Suen is a designer, writer, and an expert in the digital humanities, technology, and social change. He was previously a Producer in charge of content strategy at Learning Games Network, which designs educational games with groups such as the Gates Foundation. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of 21CB, a widely cited blog on Asian media and culture. He graduated from Middlebury College in 2011, majoring in English & American Literatures with a minor in Chinese. Find out more about Who Is Michael Suen here.


Margaret Y. K. Woo is a Professor of Law and a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at the Northeastern University School of Law. She is also the Director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy. Her comparative research on East Asian legal systems focuses on China’s legal reforms. She co-edited East Asian Law: Universal Norms and Local Culture (2003) and Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China (2013).


Weiping Wu is a Professor and Chair of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Her work focuses on several areas, including migration and the socio-spatial reconfiguration of urban areas, economic resiliency and public policy, and innovation and higher education. She has consulted widely for groups such as the World Bank and the National Committee on US-China Relations. She is the editor of The Journal of Planning Education and Research, and the author ofLocal Dynamics in an Era of Globalization (2000) and The Chinese City (2012).


David Wyss was the Chief Economist of Standard & Poor where he oversaw the firm’s economic forecasts. He also served in various capacities in the European Economic Service, the Federal Reserve Board, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He received his undergraduate education at MIT and his PhD in economics at Harvard.


The Reframing Hong Kong Fellows are Vincy Chan (Macalester '17), Tiffany Wong (UChicago '14), Rachel Ahn (Berkeley '15), Kayla Tam (Carleton '14), and Chung Wan Choi (CMU GS). These Fellows were selected form a competitive pool of applicants and represent diverse interests, ranging from creative writers to political economists. We are confident that they will be able to elevate our discussions here in Providence, RI, both with their academic expertise and their personal experience.

This Fellowship is made possible by generous gifts from members of the Brown University Alumni Association of Hong Kong. BUAAHK serves as an bridge between current students, alumni, and the wider Hong Kong community, and does incredible work in interviewing prospective students and mentoring those of us currently in Providence. We are truly grateful for the support from our friends in Hong Kong.