Mon, 20 July 2020
Protesters are back in the streets in Hong Kong to fight against a new security law that tightens the Chinese government’s grip over the city. On this week’s episode, we look at how Hong Kong’s new security law will impact US-China relations, and what it means for the millions of people who live there. First, we’ll hear from Human Rights Watch’s China Director, Sophie Richardson, who argues that US-China relations are at their worst point since the Cold War. Will this new law make them worse? Next, an activist and artist from Hong Kong discusses the evolution of her city’s protest movement. Then, we revisit a conversation with journalist Mary Kay Magistad and professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a historian specializing in modern China. They unpack the history of Hong Kong and how the city got to where it is today.
Mary Kay Magistad, former East Asia correspondent for NPR & Director of Audio Journalism at UC Berkeley
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Professor at UC Irvine and author of Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink
Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch and author of China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence
Claire, artist and activist from Hong Kong