Hong Kong


In December 2014 Ann Bernstein and Jennifer Cohen travelled to Hong Kong to engage with think tanks, business leaders and experts there. They met with a number of think tanks, including the Fung Global Institute, Civic Exchange, and the Lion Rock Institute. Ann Bernstein presented the findings from the project’s research at numerous engagements with these think tanks, academics from three leading universities, activists and experts involved in the Democracy movement, journalists, a former judge, and a leading businessman.

Through these engagements it became apparent that tensions in Hong Kong are high, society is divided and many academics and business leaders are not interested in or feel threatened when discussing or pushing a democracy agenda, as the issues are now politically charged and involve relations with China. It also became clear that it would be extremely difficult and risky to bring Chinese experts from the mainland to discuss these issues in Hong Kong, which was one of our main reasons for choosing Hong Kong.

Monday 8 December 2014

Meeting with Judge Franklin Stock

Meeting with Yong Wang and Albert Park, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Meeting with Francis Moriarty, Hong Kong contributor to The Economist 

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Meeting with Yan-yan Yip, CEO of Civic-Exchange

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Meeting with Phumelele Gwala, South African Consul General

Meeting with Professor Joseph Cheng, City University

Meeting with Peter Wong, CEO of the Lion Rock Institute

Meeting with Louise Lucas, Financial Times Asian News Editor

Thursday 11 December 2014

Meeting with William Overholt, President Fung Global Institute

Meeting with Professor Ming Sing, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Meeting with Professor Michael Davis, Hong Kong University