Since the end of British control in 1997, Hong Kong has been governed as a semi-autonomous, special administrative region of China. The growing tension among pro-democracy activists, the Hong Kong Government, and Beijing, exemplified in the recent security law prohibiting the promotion of democratic reform in Hong Kong, has brought into question the sustainability of a "one country, two systems" approach where Hong Kong would exercise a "high degree of autonomy." Where do Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China go from here, and what do these developments mean for other semi-autonomous governments? University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of Political Science Victoria Tin-bor Hui will examine the nature, benefits, and challenges of autonomy, survey the forces at play in the struggle for Hong Kong's future, and discuss the journey ahead.
About the Speaker
Victoria Tin-bor Hui received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and her B.SSc. in Journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Hui’s core research examines the centrality of war in the formation and transformation of “China” in the long span of history. She is the author of War and State Formation in Ancient China and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2005). She has also published “Toward a Dynamic Theory of International Politics” in International Organization, “Testing Balance of Power Theory in World History” in the European Journal of International Relations, “The Emergence and Demise of Nascent Constitutional Rights” in The Journal of Political Philosophy, “Building Castles in the Sand” in the Chinese Journal of International Politics, “History and Thought in China’s Traditions” in the Journal of Chinese Political Science, and book chapters “How Tilly’s Warfare Paradigm Is Revolutionizing the Study of Chinese State-Making,” “Cultural Diversity and Coercive Cultural Homogenization in Chinese History,” “The China Dream: Revival of What Historical Greatness?”, “Confucian Pacifism or Confucian Confusion?”, “The Triumph of Domination in the Ancient Chinese System” and “Problematizing Sovereignty.”
Hui also studies contentious politics. As a native from Hong Kong, she has written “Will China Crush the Protests in Hong Kong? Why Beijing Doesn’t Need to Send in the Troops” in Foreign Affairs and “Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: The Protest and Beyond” in the Journal of Democracy. She also maintains a blog on Hong Kong https://victoriatbhui.wordpress.com. She has extensively commented on Hong Kong politics in the media including the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, ChinaFile, ABC, the BBC, the New York Times, the Guardian, Bloomberg, Sky News, NPR, Vox, and the Christian Science Monitor.