Hong Kong 2019 Protests: The trigger, the event, and learning from history and now


Professor Bernard Yeung
Stephan Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School
President, Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research


Monday, 16 December 2019, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm


EAI Conference Room
NUS Bukit Timah Campus
469A Bukit Timah Road
Tower Block #06-01
Singapore 259770


The more than six months of social unrest in Hong Kong is damaging Hong Kong’s economy, creating multiple deep social fractures and substantially dims Hong Kong’s future outlook.  The speaker will provide an account of the trigger and the internal stresses that led to the social unrest. Hong Kong during colonial time had two major social unrest, 1956 and 1967 respectively, and survived. This time maybe different. A comparison of colonial and contemporary Hong Kong shows amazing similarities and dissimilarities.  Much could be learnt from the comparison of intertwined relations between the market, government and community identity as well as its level of “intelligence”.

About the Speaker:

Professor Bernard Yeung was Dean of NUS Business School from June 2008 to May 2019. Before joining NUS in 2008, he was the Abraham Krasnoff Professor in Global Business, Economics and Management at New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business and the Director of the NYU China House. From 1988 to 1999, he taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Alberta from 1983 to 1988. Professor Yeung has published widely in top tier academic journals covering topics in finance, economics and strategy; his writing also appears in important media publications such as People’s Daily, The Financial Times, Economist and The Wall Street Journal. He won the Public Administration Silver Medal (2018) in Singapore and Irwin Outstanding Educator Award (2013) from the Academy of Management, and is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business. Professor Yeung was a member of the Economic Strategies Committee in Singapore (2009), a member of the Social Science Research Council in Singapore (2016-2018) and a member of the Financial Research Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (2010-2013). Professor Yeung sits on the third Advisory Board of the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Advisory Council of the Economics and Management School of Wuhan University and the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica. Professor Yeung has been serving as an independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of China Aviation Limited since 2016. Professor Yeung received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario and his MBA and PhD degrees from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.

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