The Hong Kong Anti-Mainlandisation Movement
Project Description

A localist movement has existed in Hong Kong for some years and played a significant role in the 2019-2020 protests. Prominent localist groups have included Hong Kong Indigenous, Hong Kong National Party, Youngspiration, etc Their movement is advanced by social forces that have varied approaches, but also a common opposition to the perceived "mainlandisation" of Hong Kong. The project sets out to determine the characteristics of the movement, especially the backgrounds, views, aims and actions of movement leaders and participants. It seeks to gauge reactions to the movement on the part of Hong Kong, mainland, and other people and its effects on Hong Kong-Mainland relations The project carries out documentary and statistical research, as well as interviews with movement activists and politicians in Hong Kong. There may also be some research about similar movements elsewhere in the world and any relationship they may have with Hong Kong activists.

SAUTMAN Barry Victor
Course type
Applicant's Roles

UROP students will conduct documentary research, mainly in Hong Kong print, online and social media. They will also arrange for and participate in interviews with localist leaders and their critics.

Applicant's Learning Objectives

Applicants will learn how to frame research questions and how to employ several social scientific research methods, including documentary, survey/statistical, and interviews

Complexity of the project