Theology in Hong Kong after the Umbrella Movement

Date(s) - 10/13/17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Northwestern University Harris Hall

Hosted by
Buffett Institute

Theology in Hong Kong after the Umbrella Movement

Buffett Center

Friday, October 13, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

One of the hallmarks of the 2014 pro-democracy occupy protests in Hong Kong known as the Umbrella Movement was the presence of religious themes, especially Christian ones, fused with Cantonese hero traditions. But in the aftermath of the movement, how has the relationship between theology and politics developed, especially in a time of greater authoritarian power exerted by the People’s Republic of China on its ‘Special Administrative Region’? What can be learned about the efficacy of God-talk in protest when the movement is considered to be over?

Justin K.H. Tse is (Asian American Studies) studies the range of ideologies and theologies that make up Asia and Asian America. He earned his PhD in geography from the University of British Columbia and was Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.┬áHe is working on a book manuscript titled “Religious Politics in Pacific Space: Grounding Cantonese Protestant Theologies in Secular Civil Societies.”

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