The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement: A post-mortem

Emeritus Professor John Wong, Department of History and Jocelyn Chey, Visiting Professor in the School of Languages and Cultures

Co-presented with the China Studies Centre


Former Australian Consul-General Jocelyn Chey and historian John Wong have an extensive knowledge of Hong Kong after decades of research and engagement with its past and present. During fieldwork in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong over recent months they have looked into the underlying causes of the "Umbrella Movement", which took the former British colony by storm in the second half of 2014. They will share their findings and their latest thoughts in this public forum.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Professor John Wong

John Y. Wong is Emeritus Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. He is nationally and internationally regarded for his scholarship in two areas: the history of Anglo-Chinese relation in the nineteenth century, with particular reference to the causes of the Second Opium War; and the life and political beliefs of Sun Yatsen. In 1998 he published Deadly Dreams: Opium, Imperialism, and the ‘Arrow’ War (1856-1860) in China and has also published several books in Mandarin on the subject of Sun Yatsen. Professor Wong has held visiting scholarship positions at the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and the University of Hawaii. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (Britain) in 1978, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2000, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2011.

Jocelyn Chey


Jocelyn Chey is a Visiting Professor in the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney. She was previously a senior officer in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, her last posting being as Consul General in Hong Kong and Macau. She is a Life Member of the Oriental Society of Australia, Patron of the Australian International School of Hong Kong and a Councillor of the Australian Institute of International Affairs New South Wales. She was awarded the Australia-China Council Medal in 2008 for contributions to the development of relations between Australia and China. In 2009 she was honoured with the Medal of Australia and made a Fellow of the AIIA.