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[Policy Dialogue Series] Identity: A real or packaged issue?

The Department of Asian and Policy Studies and the Academy of Hong Kong Studies of The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), together with the Division of Public Policy of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), cordially invite you to attend the following Policy Dialogue Series featuring Professor Anthony Cheung, former Secretary for Transport and Housing (2012-17) and now Research Chair Professor of Public Administration at EdUHK and Adjunct Professor at HKUST. The Policy Dialogue Series began in 2018-19 and is now in its fourth annual series.

Policy Dialogue Series, 2021-22: Identity: A real or packaged issue? 

Hong Kong has been embroiled in what can be described as ‘identity politics’ ever since reunification in 1997. The political confrontation in 2019 was a watershed, where the pro-local identity shot up to almost 78% by year-end according to some polls, before coming down gradually. The central government is very wary of nascent separatism. In addition to growing emphasis on national security and national education, a ‘return of hearts’ (人心回歸) to the nation is also urged. Is ‘identity’ the real issue driving political polarization and conflict under ‘one country, two systems’, or is it more a framed articulation of political contestation grounded in multiple grievances and anxieties? This policy dialogue seeks to tease out the critical issues and to separate myths from realities. The three speakers all have long years of participation in Hong Kong’s pre-1997 transition and post-1997 governance.

Date: 30 April 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 nn
Format: Zoom Webinar


N.B.: Webinar details will be sent to the attendees’ email a day before the seminar

Language: English
Speakers: Professor Anthony B.L. Cheung, EdUHK / HKUST

Professor Christine Loh, HKUST

Mr Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, Former President of Legislative Council, HKSAR

Moderator: Professor Naubahar Sharif, HKUST


About the speakers and moderator:


Professor Anthony Cheung (張炳良教授) is currently the Research Chair Professor of Public Administration with the Department of Asian and Policy Studies at EdUHK, and an Adjunct Professor of the Division of Public Policy at HKUST. From 2008 to 2012, Professor Cheung was President of The Hong Kong Institute of Education, the predecessor of EdUHK. From 2012 to 2017, he was Secretary for Transport and Housing.


Professor Christine Loh (陸恭蕙教授) is the Chief Development Strategist with the Institute for the Environment at HKUST. She was Under Secretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government (2012-17).

Mr Jasper Tsang Yok-sing (曾鈺成先生) was President of Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2008 – 2016).

Professor Naubahar Sharif is Acting Head of the Division of Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy at HKUST.

About the Policy Dialogue Series:


In the 2021-22 academic year, the two universities cooperate again to host five policy dialogue sessions. Professor Anthony Cheung is joined by other speakers in the relevant fields to explore some critical issues and public policy challenges facing Hong Kong, as follows:

Date and Time Topic and Speakers Registration/Replay
6 November 2021 (Sat)

10 am – 12 nn

‘One Country, Two Systems’: Retreat or reboot?
15 January 2022 (Sat)

10 am – 12 nn

Covid-19 Strategy at the Crossroads: Hong Kong and worldwide
19 February 2022 (Sat)

10 am – 12 nn

Housing Affordability: A land, planning or political question?
19 March 2022 (Sat)

10 am – 12 nn

Regional Integration and Economic Future:  Opportunities and threats within Greater Bay Area
30 April 2022 (Sat)

10 am – 12 nn

Identity: A real or packaged issue?

The Policy Dialogue Series is interactive and encourages the participation of the EdUHK and HKUST communities as well as members of the public who are concerned about Hong Kong’s future.

In light of the implementation of public health measures mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 disease, the Policy Dialogue Series adopt an online mode via Zoom.

All are welcome!



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