In 1967, the streets of Hong Kong became a battleground as pro-Chinese Communists and their sympathisers clashed with the British establishment. Flash forward to 2014 and the city was once again in combat. Only this time, following the 1997 handover of Hong Kong, Communist China had become the establishment targeted by protesters. Our panel will discuss what can be made of these two events and what they say about alternative voices in the city’s past and present.
The panel comprises of bestselling writer and historian Julia Lovell, who is currently writing a book on the global travels of Chinese communism. Her book The Opium War : Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China was the first non-fiction book to win the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature. Joining her on stage will be former Hong Kong resident, published novelist and managing editor of Asia Literary Review Phillip Kim, and Xu Guoqi, a professor at Hong Kong University originally from Mainland China.
Chairing the event will be Kelly Falconer, founder of Asia Literary Agency. Falconer was literary editor of the Asia Literary Review, based in Hong Kong, and was a book editor in London. She has written for a variety of publications including the FT.
China Exchange was created by Sir David Tang in 2015. Its programme serves to inspire curiosity, discussion and understanding of China’s impact on the world.
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