In May 2020, the Chinese Communist Party announced a sweeping new National Security Law over Hong Kong. The law, enacted in late June, ambiguously outlaws separatism, subversion, and terrorism, allowing China to limit the autonomy of Hong Kong’s institutions and crackdown on freedoms enjoyed by those in Hong Kong in an unprecedented manner. Those in Hong Kong went to sleep on June 28th with the rights they enjoyed their entire lives, and woke up with the danger of losing them all. Joining us today on the podcast, is Professor Ho-Fung Hung.
Ho-fung Hung is the Henry M. & Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy at the Sociology Department and School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of the award-winning book The China Boom: Why China Will Not Rule the World and Protest with Chinese Characteristics: Demonstrations, Riots, and Petitions in the Mid-Qing Dynasty, both published by Columbia University Press. His articles have appeared in American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Development and Change, the New Left Review, the Review of International Political Economy, Asian Survey, and elsewhere. His analyses of the Chinese and global political economy and Hong Kong politics have been featured or cited in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, BBC News, The Guardian, Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), The Straits Times (Singapore), Xinhua Monthly, People’s Daily, among other publications.
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