HONG KONG’s Social Movements and the New Diaspora
Symposium with an exhibition, film screenings & panels ((in English))
Since the 2019 Anti-extradition Law Amendment Movement, more than 10,000 protesters and press have been arrested while the inauguration of National Security Law further infringed on freedom of expression and the independence of law in Hong Kong. The symposium invites the public to talk about Hong Kong today, yesterday and tomorrow and to learn about the perspectives of researchers, artists and NGO workers who left Hong Kong or still live there.
10:00 h – Hong Kong Stories
Exhibition opening and performance in the Café Bellevue di Monaco
Social Movements in Hong Kong
13:00 h – Film screening: Blue Island (dir. Tze Woon Chan)
The film documents three real-life characters who engaged in the Cultural Revolution, in the 1967 riot and during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Through reconstructing these events, the film dramatizes their scarred memories and experiences by interlinking their stories with four young people who participated in the 2019 Anti-extradition Law Amendment Movement in Hong Kong. The lives of these protagonists overlap as they find themselves in similar predicaments across time.
In Cantonese, Mandarin & English with Traditional Chinese and English subtitles.
15:00 h – Discussion with researchers and NGO workers (Moderation: Betty Yi-Chun Chen)
16:30 h – Break with food
Hong Kong’s New Diaspora
17:30 h – Film screening: The Grass is Greener on the Other Side (dir. Crystal Wong)
Following the journey of Hong Kong migrants, the film explores the tension between their identity and role in society. Through intimate observations, the film cuts through the smoke and fire of the 2019 protests to reveal the current state of post-trauma in Hong Kong, and offers a glimpse into its possible futures. What will become of Hongkongers in a foreign land? Can they break free from the past? Where can they truly find home?
In Cantonese and English with Traditional Chinese and English subtitles.
19:00 h – Discussion with artists from Hong Kong:
To Leave or Not to Leave? (moderation: Betty Yi-Chun Chen)