Despite the mass protests in Hong Kong that saw more than a quarter of the city’s 7 million residents take to the streets, Chinese leaders seem more immovable than ever on the question of democracy for Hong Kong. Hear from the Nobel Prize–nominated founder of the Umbrella Movement, Joshua Wong (Unfree Speech) – speaking live via video link – and City on Fire author and long-term resident Antony Dapiran, as they provide an on-the-ground account and examine what the uprising means ahead of 2047 when Hong Kong’s unique freedoms are set to expire. In conversation with the Financial Times South China correspondent Sue-Lin Wong.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Joshua Wong (International)

Joshua Wong

Joshua Wong is a Hong Kong student activist and politician born in 1996. He serves as Secretary-General of pro-democracy party Demosistō that promotes democracy and progressive values by street activism and international advocacy. He has been named by TIME, Fortune, Prospect and Forbes as one of the world’s most influential leaders. In 2018, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his leading role in the Umbrella Movement. Joshua came onto the political scene in 2011 aged 14, when he founded Scholarism and successfully protested against the enforcement of brainwashing patriotic education. He has been arrested by the Chinese state numerous times for his protesting and activism and has served more than 100 days in jail. He has been the subject of the Netflix original documentary Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower and his first book, Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy and Why We Must Act, Now has been published in nine languages. 

Antony Dapiran (Australian)

Antony Dapiran

Antony Dapiran is an Australian, Hong Kong–based writer and lawyer, and the author of two books on Hong Kong including his latest, City on Fire: the Fight for Hong Kong. Antony has written and presented extensively on Hong Kong and Chinese politics, culture and business, with his writing appearing in The Atlantic, New Statesman, Foreign Policy, Quartz, Art Asia Pacific, Mekong Review and The Guardian, among others. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Antony has resided between Hong Kong and Beijing for more than 20 years.

Sue-Lin Wong (Australian)

Sue-Lin Wong

Sue-Lin Wong is the Financial Times South China correspondent. She covers politics, society, technology and trade in mainland southern China, Hong Kong and Macau. She was previously a correspondent with Reuters where she covered North Korea and the Chinese economy. She opened both the Financial Times and Reuters bureaus in Shenzhen, a Chinese tech hub that borders Hong Kong. Born and raised in Sydney, Sue-Lin graduated with degrees in Asian studies and law from the Australian National University.