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Hong Kong on the Brink

After witnessing the biggest protests in its history during the middle months of 2019, Hong Kong remains a subject of intense global interest and global concern. In this talk, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a professor of modern Chinese history at UC Irvine and longtime scholar of social unrest, will use forays into history and comparison to help audience members make sense of Hong Kong's complex present and uncertain future. Wasserstrom’s new book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, has been described by one reviewer as “. . . essential reading for understanding China’s foreign policies, the legacies of empire and above all the extraordinary politics, society and culture of contemporary Hong Kong.” In addition to his academic writings, Wasserstrom has authored numerous books and articles for the general public. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesThe Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, Financial Times, The Atlantic online edition, The New York Times and other print and online publications.


Lillian Nakagawa


MLF: Asia-Pacific Affairs

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Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Author, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink (Forthcoming); Professor of History, UC Irvine; Twitter @jwassers

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