Interpreting Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: Pro-Government Perspectives

Stream: Panel 89 - Comparative Politics: Media & Politics: Media Freedom 
Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm


It has been a year or so after the dramatic Umbrella Movement happened in Hong Kong. All sorts of publications have tried to evaluate the movement from various perspectives. In general, publications do not necessarily represent any political group as some of them have simply recorded this historical event by words and photo. While, there are some publications in which the authors expressed strong disagreement towards the Umbrella Movement by framing the movement as a “rebellion”. These kinds of publications include edited volumes on pro-government newspaper commentaries and monographs written by anonymous writers. Although the amount of such publications are far less than the others, it is still important to understand how they evaluate the Umbrella Movement from pro-government perspectives given that some of these publishers are supported by “red capital” from Beijing. To a large extent, these publications reveal how the Hong Kong and Beijing Government interpret the movement. In this research, newspaper commentaries and monographs on Anti-Umbrella Movement will be studied. This research will focus on different aspects about the movement include the reasons behind the outbreak of the movement, comments and evaluation on major actors and activists, evaluation on the performance of the government, the reasons which led to the “failure” of the movement, and what should be done in the aftermath. From the crisis management perspective, there are competing forces between the state and non-state actors during a crisis. This study would fill the gap by providing the government angle in seeing this governance crisis.


Rami Hin-yeung Chan (Presenter), Hang Seng Management College
Dr Rami Chan is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Science at Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong. He received a BSocSc (First Class Honours) from the City University of Hong Kong, and an MA from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology before he completed his PhD in the Department of Political Science at Lingnan University. His research examines how state and non-state actors interact during crises, as well as their crisis communication strategies, with particular focus in the discussion on crisis management theories and frameworks from a comparative approach.