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This panel discussion brings together four experts on democracy, social and political transformation and protests in China, Hong Kong and Tibet to introduce the subject to undergraduate students. At the same time, it will be of interest to other researchers and members of the public. The event is part of the Department of Politics and International Relations in Action series.

Politics in the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong has been witnessing various changes in recent years. As reports about President Xi Jinping's repression and 'anti-corruption' drive emerges from China — alongside social and environmental protests in different towns and cities — the legacy of the Umbrella Revolution remains strong in Hong Kong. Various forms of protest, including self-immolation, continue in Tibet.


Alex Chow is a social and political activist who was a student leader and organiser at the Occupy Central campaign and the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong.

Dr Shao Jiang is a Tiananmen survivor, a human rights activist and a researcher with a Phd from the Centre for the Study of Democracy. He is currently a Visiting Fellow with the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster.

Dr Gerda Wielander is a Reader in Chinese Studies and the Head of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Westminster. Her research and publications focus on the link between the personal and spiritual to wider social and political developments in contemporary China.

Dechen Pemba is a UK-born Tibetan and a graduate from University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. In addition to campaigning and lobbying for Tibet in various places, Dechen Pemba is the co-founder of the website High Peaks Pure Earth which features English translations of literature, poetry, songs and blogs written in Tibetan and Chinese. Her work has made contemporary Tibetan literature and news from Tibet much easier to access for English reading audiences.

The event is open to all students and staff at University of Westminster, as well as members of the public. To join us, RSVP to [email protected]

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