Leader of Democratic Party of Hong Kong speaks at Beloit

Beloit, Wis.—Martin Lee, leader of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, will give a public lecture as part of a workshop held for middle and high school teachers. His keynote address, “Democracy Delayed?” will be at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, in Richardson Auditorium of Morse-Ingersoll Hall. He will also speak on the “Kong and Shanghai: Competing Cities in Transition” at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, in the Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall.

Other panelists include Susan Friedman, Edward Friedman, Huang Jinxin and Robert LaFleur, who will present other lectures throughout the workshop. John Rapp, a political science professor and the director of Asian studies programming at Beloit, will moderate the panel.

Lee is the founding chairman of Democratic Party, the largest and most popular political party of Hong Kong, and is a member of the Hong Kong legislative council. He was also chairman of the United Democrats of Hong Kong, which won the first democratic elections of the territory’s legislative council in 1991.

Lee has won several international awards, including the 1995 International Human Rights Award, given by the American Bar Association “in recognition of extraordinary contributions to human rights, the rule of law and the promotion of justice.” He has also won the 1996 Prize for Freedom from Liberal International, the 1997 Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy and the 2000 Schuman Medal, awarded by the European Parliament.

Susan Friedman is the Virginia Woolf professor of English and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Friedman is the Hawkins professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Huang Jinxin is a Shangai native and Ph.D. recipient from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. LaFleur teaches east Asian history at Beloit College.

The workshop, “Hong Kong and Shanghai: Competing Cities in Transition?” will take place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 4-6, at various venues on campus. It is funded in part by the Freeman Foundation.

The lecture and panel discussion are open to the public.

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