Social Movement and Changing Identity in Hong Kong
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China Center for Social Policy
Chair Professor, Division of Social Science and the Division of Public Policy, and Director of the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Professor of Social Policy and Founding Direction, China Center for Social Policy
About the Event
Studies have shown that national identity has been declining in Hong Kong since 2008, particularly among the younger generation and highly educated groups. Moreover, in recent years, questions of identity have been at the heart of social movements. Using longitudinal data of the Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics (HKPSSD) in 2013 and 2015, respectively, Professor Xiaogang Wu (bio) has investigated the impact of social movements on identity formation in Hong Kong. His findings show, for instance, that participation in Occupy Central, the movement that took place from October 15, 2011, to September 11, 2012, as part of the global Occupy movement against corporate greed and economic inequality, led to stronger local identity and weaker national identity.