China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
This panel takes up issues related to activism, social movements, and contentious politics, focusing on the recent-year protests and political demonstrations in Hong Kong. The existing discussion of Hong Kong protests largely focus on young protesters; this panel goes beyond the typical loci of research, dealing with topics of women and motherhood, the elderly, religion, and counter-mobilization. A survey of these aspects of social movements in Hong Kong not only articulate the dynamic of protests and activism, but also enrich the knowledge about geo-politics and insurgency.
The interdisciplinary panel enables discussions between perspectives and methods in media studies, journalism and communication, political science, and cultural and gender studies. Sara Liao identifies the convoluted relationship between the narrative of motherhood, women politicians and misogyny in Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill protests, investigating the gender dynamics and political imaginations in insurgency. Rose Luqiu examines how protesters mobilize the elders in the anti-extradition bill movement, highlighting a new and nuanced form of political persuasion in contentious politics. Guo Ting emphasizes a neglected area of religious history and Christianity in Hong Kong’s multiple social movements, demonstrating how religion significantly contributes to indigenous identity transformation and the protest framework. Yaoyao Dai tackles the phenomenon of fake grassroots movement as government astroturfing, explicating individuals’ attitudes toward different media frames and the effects of pro-government mobilization. Together, the panelists and their research illuminate how politics is invested and contested in their respective fields of study, exploring a society of insurgency and counterinsurgency.