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Invitation Letter to the International Academic Conference on “Value Renewal and Path Finding for China’s Pro-Democracy Movement”

        On behalf of the New School for Democracy and the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China (the Joint Alliance), we would like to express our sincere best wishes and invitation.

The Tiananmen Incident with its immense global impact is now approaching its thirtieth anniversary. As the Chinese authorities have listed the event as a taboo for open discussion, its complete true picture has not been fully made known. This Conference intends to call upon the international community to engage in serious study to consider China’s political developments and deliberate on the approaches of its pro-democracy movement under the present challenging circumstances, so as to gather momentum for the sustainable global development of democracy.

Thus, on the eve of the Tiananmen Incident’s thirtieth anniversary, the New School for Democracy and the Joint Alliance will hold an international academic conference on “Value Renewal and Path Finding for China’s Pro-democracy Movement” in Taipei on May 18-20, 2019.

The main themes of the Conference are as follows:

  1. Review: the truth and controversies regarding the Tiananmen Pro-democracy movement and its suppression;
  2. Examination: the developments of China’s pro-democracy movement since 1989;
  3. Impact: the perspectives of Taiwan, Hong Kong and the international community;
  4. The Future: China’s pro-democracy movement looking ahead.

The organizers respectfully invite you to participate in the conference and engage in its exchange of views.

We hope to have your favourable response soon.

In addition, the New School for Democracy and the Joint Alliance will organize a launch ceremony for the conference in Hong Kong on May 12, 2019. If you cannot come to the Taipei conference, you are respectfully invited to the Hong Kong ceremony.

Any queries or replies to our invitation may be sent to the Organising Committee (email: contact@ns4d.org).

Our very best wishes!

                                                              Organising Committee

Venue :
Center for Condensed Matter Sciences (CCMS) in National Taiwan University (NTU)

Address:
No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, Taiwan

MTR Information:
“Exit 3, Gongguan Station" or “Exit 2, Taipower Building Station", on MRT Xindian Line  (about 15 min. walk)

Bus Information:
52、109、207、253、280、284、290、311、505、530、Songjiang Xinsheng Metro Bus、643、668、671、675、676、907、0-Nan、Brown 11、Green 11、Dunhua Metro Bus ── “NTU Sports Center" (about 5 min. walk)

Agenda of the Conference, May 18-20, 2019
Online streaming by Radio Taiwan International

Time Event
Day 1 May 18, 2019 (Saturday)
09:00–09:30
【 Press Conference 】
Moderator | CHENG Yu-shek, Joseph
Honorary President, New School for Democracy
Speaker | WANG Dan
Tiananmen student leader; Founder/Director, China Dialogue
Speaker | HO Chun-yan, Albert
Chairperson, Hong Kong Alliance
Speaker | TSENG Chien-yuan
Chair of the Board, New School for Democracy
09:30–09:40
Break
09:40–10:20

【 Opening Ceremony 】
Moderator | CHENG Yu-shek, Joseph
Former Chair Professor of Political Science, City University of Hong Kong; Honorary President, New School for Democracy
Keynote Address: Thirty Years after Tiananmen: The PRC as an Emerging Global Threat to Freedom
Speaker | Larry DIAMOND
Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor, by courtesy, of Sociology and of Political Science, Stanford University
10:20–10:30 Tea Break
10:30–12:30
【 Session 1: Key Facts About the June Fourth Massacre 】
Moderator | HU Yuan-hui
Professor, Department of Communication, National Chung Cheng University
Research on the Truth of the June Fourth Massacre
Presenter | WU Ren-hua
June Fourth Massacre witness and researcher
The June Fourth Tiananmen Incident I Experienced
Presenter | LI Xiao-ming
Former officer of the Martial Law troops; Secretary General, Overseas ChineseDemocracy Coalition (Australia)
The 1989 Pro-Democracy Protests Beyond Beijing: A View from Changsha
Presenter | Andrea WORDEN
William S. Reinsch Practitioner-Instructor, East Asian Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University
Discussant | FANG Zheng
Tiananmen student leader; Chairperson, Chinese Democracy Education Foundation
Discussant | CHING Cheong
Former reporter of Hong Kong Wen Wei Po; Current affairs commentator
12:00–13:30
Lunch Break
13:30–15:30
【 Session2: State-Society Interaction in the 1989 Pro-Democracy Movement 】
Moderator | FAN Yun
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University; Ambassador at Large
The Tiananmen Military Coup D’état of 1989: Assumptions, Evidences, and Analyses
Presenter | WU Guo-guang
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria
Discussant | WU Jieh-min
Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica
April 27th, 1989: The Day the Chinese People Stood up
Presenter | Jean-Philippe BEJA
Emeritus Senior Researcher at CNRS and CERI-Sciences-Po, Paris
Discussant | WANG Dan
Tiananmen student leader; Founder/Director, China Dialogue
15:30–15:40
Tea Break
15:40–17:40
【 Session3: Global Impact of the June Fourth Massacre 】
Moderator | LAI Chen-chang
President, Taiwan Association of University Professors
The Impact of June Fourth Incident to Democratization in Taiwan
Presenter | TSENG Chien-yuan
Doctor of Laws, Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University
Discussant | Cary S. HUNG
Chairperson, Asia Democracy Foundation
Post-Tiananmen Political Change in China and Russia: Different Means to Similar Ends
Presenter 1 |WONG Ka Ho, Frank
Research Assistant, Department of Social Sciences, Education University of Hong Kong
Presenter 2 | LAW Kam Yee
Associate professor, Department of Social Sciences, Education University of Hong Kong
Discussant | WEI Bai-ku
Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Russian Studies, National Cheng Chi University
Tiananmen Protests and Some Lessons for Democratization in Vietnam
Presenter | Anonymous scholar
Discussant | TRINH Huu Long
Co-Editor, Legal Initiatives for Vietnam
18:30–20:30
Banquet (invited guests only)
DAY 2May 19, 2019 (Sunday)
08:30
Registration
09:00–10:20
【 Session 4: Cultural Perspectives of the 1989 Pro-Democracy Movement 】
Moderator | YAN Jiann-fa
Vice-President of Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
China’s Second New Culture Movement: Envisioning China’s Transformation from the 30th Anniversary of June Fourth Incident and the 100th Anniversary of the May Fourth Movement (video)
Presenter | YAN Jia-Qi
Founding Chairperson, Federation for a Democratic China; former Director, Institute of Political Science, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Liu Xiao-bo and the Spirit of May Fourth Movement
Presenter | CUI Wei-ping
Independent scholar
Discussant | DAN Jau-wei
Professor, Department of Education, University of Taipei
Citizen Publications During the 1989 Prodemocracy Movement: Momentum for China’s Change
Presenter | SHAO Jiang
Tiananmen student leader; Visiting scholar, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster
Discussant | Örkesh Dölet (Wu’erkaixi)
Honorary Director, Reporters Sans Frontieres
10:20–10:30
Tea Break
10:30–12:30
【 Session 5: Lessons from the 1989 Pro-Democracy Movement 】
Moderator | CHAO Chien-Min
Dean, College of Social Sciences, Chinese Culture University
Retrospect and Prospect of the Thirtieth Anniversary of June Fourth Massacre: Memories, Responsibilities and Hope
Presenter | HO Chun-yan, Albert
Chairperson, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China
Discussant | KU Chung-hua
Retired professor, Department of Sociology, National Cheng Chi University
June 4, 1989: A Founding Non-Event, A Breaking Point in Time and Space
Presenter | Michel BONNIN
Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Discussant | XIA Ye-liang
Former Professor of Economics, Peking University
Looking Back and Reflection: New Findings
Presenter | FENG Con-de
Tiananmen student leader; Founder, Sun Yat-sen School
Discussant | ZHOU Feng-suo
Tiananmen student leader; Chairperson, Humanitarian China
12:30–14:00
Lunch Break
14:00–16:00
【 Session 6: Post-Tiananmen Developments and Prospect of Pro-Democracy Movement in China, Part I 】
Moderator | WANG Dan
Tiananmen student leader; Founder/Director, China Dialogue
The Post -Tiananmen CCP Leadership and the Cold War II
Presenter | FENG Chong-yi
Associate Professor in Chinese Studies, University of Technology Sydney
Discussant | FAN Shih-Ping
Professor, Graduate Institute of Political Science, National Taiwan Normal University
Assessing China’s Situation and Challenges
Presenter | CHENG Yu-shek, Joseph
Former Chair Professor of Political Science, City University of Hong Kong; Honorary President, New School for Democracy
Discussant | WANG Jun-tao
Tiananmen activist; Convener of the Council, China Dialogue
China after the Tiananmen of 1989: The Discursive Formation of “The Sinicization of everything”
Presenter | WONG Wai-kwok, Benson
Ph.D., Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong
Discussant | LIU Rui-shao
Former director of Hong Kong Wen Wei Po office in Beijing; current affairs commentator
16:00–16:10
Tea Break
16:10–18:10
【 Session 7: Post-Tiananmen Developments and Prospect for Pro-Democracy Movement in China, Part II 】
Moderator | Mab HUANG
Chair Professor of Liberal Arts, Soochow University
Liu Xiaobo and the Citizens Rights Movement: A New Face for China’s Democracy Movement in 2003
Presenter 1 | CUI Wei-ping
Independent scholar
Presenter 2 | Perry LINK
Chancellorial Chair Professor, University of California at Riverside
Discussant | WANG Chao-hua
Tiananmen student leader; Freelance essayist and researcher
From 1989 to “1984”: Tiananmen Massacre and the Making of China’s High-tech Totalitarianism
Presenter | TENG Biao
Researcher, Institute for China’s Democratic Transition
Discussant | CHEN Li-fu
Assistant professor, Department of Digital and Humanity, Aletheia University
Crossing the Line: Tiananmen Shock and its Aftermath in the 1990s
Presenter 1 | CHOW Yong Kang, Alex
Ph.D. student, Geography, University of California, Berkeley
Presenter 2 | SHIH I-lun
Graduate student, Institute of Sociology, National Tsin Hua University
Discussant | Beatrice LEUNG
Visiting Research Fellow, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages
18:30–20:30
Banquet (invited guests only)
DAY 3May 20, 2019 (Sunday)
08:30
Registration
09:00–10:40
【 Round Table 1: Overseas Democracy Movement and the Prospects for Democracy in China 】
Moderator | TSOI Yiu Cheong, Richard
Vice-Chairperson, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China
Panelists | WANG Min, China Democracy Party
SHENG Xue, writer
Cheuk KWAN, Former chairperson, Toronto Association for Democracy in China
Anonymous Activists from Spain
10:40–10:50
Tea Break
10:50–12:30
【 Round Table 2: Political Challenges to Hong Kong and the Prospects for Democracy in China 】
Moderator | CHOW Hang Tung
Vice-Chairperson, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China
Panelists | LAU Wai-hing (Emily), Democracy Party (HK)
Prof. CHAN Ching-kiu (Stephen), Civic Party (HK)
Kwok Wing-kin (Steven), Labour Party (HK)
LUK Yiu-Man (Raymond), Neo Democrats (HK)
Gloria FUNG, Chairperson, Canada-Hong Kong Link
12:30–12:35
Break
12:35–12:50
【Closing Ceremony】
Moderator | TO Kwan-hang
President, New School for Democracy
Speaker | HO Chun-yan, Albert
Chairperson, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China
Speaker | TSENG Chien-yuan
Chair of the Board, New School for Democracy