Open forum—Silencing freedom: from protests to suppression in Hong Kong

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Hong Kong: Interrupted Revolutionary Social Movements Open Forum

In-person event only. Light refreshments at 4:00pm for a 4:30pm start.

This open forum will be moderated by Kevin Carrico.


  • Yao-Tai Li: "Contentious Repertoires: Examining Lennon Walls in Hong Kong's Social Unrest of 2019"
  • Louisa Lim: "The National Security Law and the End of Hong Kong's Press Freedom"
  • Joseph Y.S. Cheng: "The HK Pro-democracy Movement: Internal Differences and Lack of Strategic Planning"

About the Speakers

Yao-Tai Li is a Lecturer of Sociology and Social Policy in the School of Social Sciences at University of New South Wales, Australia. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to UNSW he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University. His research interests include race and ethnicity, identity politics, discourse analysis, and social media. He is currently conducting a project on the protest walls in Beijing, Prague, and Hong Kong.

Louisa Lim is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and an award-winning journalist. Her latest book 'Indelible City; Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong' has been longlisted for the Walkley Book award. She wrote her first book, 'The People's Republic of Amnesia; Tiananmen Revisited', after spending a decade reporting from China for the BBC and NPR. She is the co-host of the Little Red Podcast.

Joseph Yu-shek Cheng is the non-resident Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm and the retired Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Contemporary China Research Project, City University of Hong Kong. He is the founding editor of the Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences and the Journal of Comparative Asian Development. He publishes widely on the political developments in China and Hong Kong, Chinese foreign policy and development in southern China.

Kevin Carrico is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Monash University and currently an Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow. He is a sociocultural anthropologist who researches nationalism, ethnic relations, and political culture in China, Tibet, and Hong Kong. His research has been funded by the United States' Department of Education, the Australian Research Council, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.