Hong Kong's Occupy Central co-founder came to University of California, Irvine last Spring Quarter to speak before a graduate political science seminar taught by Prof. Dorothy Solinger.
|Benny Tai at UCI seminar. Photos © Daniel C. Tsang 2015|
He said he had been a student activist in his university days and thought the Occupy Central actions would end after a brief period. Instead the students led the way.
He also indicated Occupy Central was not copying the anti-capitalist stance of Occupy Movements elsewhere.
Asked if he had received funds from the U.S. for Occupy Central he said No.
After dinner another department on campus treated a small group of academics to Peking Duck dinner at Capital Seafood in Irvine's Diamond Jamboree retail mall.
There he was asked how he identified himself. His response: Hong Konger first, then Chinese.
Polls (notably those conducted at HKU by Dr. Robert Chung Ting-Yiu), indicate that a majority in Hong Kong have been identifying as Hong Kongers (香港人) rather than Chinese, similar to the situation in Taiwan where the majority identify as Taiwanese rather than Chinese.
|Subversity Show host with Prof. Tai at dinner.|
Prof. Tai is still waiting to hear what his university will do over his acceptance of protests-related donations, which he turned over to HKU. The then-dean of the Law School, Johannes Chan, who was supportive of the protests, is now on hold to become a top administrator at the University, after those who were Beijing-allied tried to block the move and criticized Prof. Tai as well. HKU students recently took over a HKU Council meeting; the University administration is currently considering whether to bring charges against the student protesters.
For current news on the political situation in Hong Kong, click here: Cantonese In-Media Hong Kong site | English site of the Real Hong Kong News.
-- Daniel C. Tsang.