Dr. Schortgen to Discuss Hong Kong Protests

October 10, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Recent democracy protests in Hong Kong are casting doubts over China’s commitment to the “one country, two systems” formula through which Beijing promised to govern the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions (SARs).

What has led to the current crisis? Was it inevitable? What will the endgame look like? What are the implications for both Hong Kong and China? Is there a possibility of the events in Hong Kong leading to a repeat of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident?

Dr. Francis Schortgen, associate professor of political science at the University of Mount Union, will answer these questions during a UMU Experts talk at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 7 in Bracy Hall Room 04 as he presents, “Hong Kong’s Democracy Protests: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Schortgen earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in political science from Miami University, a Master of Business Administration degree from National University of Singapore, a Master of Arts degree in Asia-Pacific studies from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Miami University. He also did MBA coursework at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include politics and political economy of East Asia, U.S.-China relations, China and democratization, U.S. foreign policy issues, globalization of Chinese enterprises and Chinese political economy.

UMU Experts presentations are intended to give students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community an opportunity to learn about a timely topic from a Mount Union faculty member in his or her area of expertise.

Schortgen will give a 20-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. The event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be available. For more information, call (330) 823-6078.

To watch Schortgen discuss his upcoming talk, click here.

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