Hong Kong activist Chan Kin-man to teach at NCCU

07/20/2021 05:40 PM
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Former Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor Chan Kin-man. CNA file photo
Former Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor Chan Kin-man. CNA file photo

Taipei, July 20 (CNA) Chan Kin-man (陳健民), a Hong Kong professor and one of the key figures in the 2014 Umbrella Movement, will start teaching at National Chengchi University (NCCU) in September, one of its department heads said Monday.

Huang Hou-ming (黃厚銘), dean of NCCU's Department of Sociology, said in a Facebook post that one of his major initiatives was to invite Chan to Taipei to serve as a visiting professor at NCCU.

Chan, a former sociology professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong, will teach one course per semester over the next academic year, starting in September, lecturing on social movements and contemporary Chinese society, Huang said.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong professor, who arrived in Taiwan Monday, said Tuesday in a Facebook post that during his one-year stint at NCCU, he will also work on a book he is writing.

Chan, 62, is best known for co-founding the Hong Kong civil disobedience campaign, Occupy Central with Love and Peace, in 2013, which paved the way a year later for the Umbrella Movement.

Chan and the other two co-founders -- Benny Tai (戴耀廷), then law professor at the University of Hong Kong, and retired Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming (朱耀明) -- had planned to stage sit-in protests in Hong Kong's business and financial district, Central, in October 2014 to call for the city's chief executive to be elected by popular vote.

Angered by China's decision to screen candidates for the 2017 election, however, other pro-democracy activists and supporters began a series of demonstrations in September, which included student protests and a march led by the three Occupy Central co-founders.

On Sept. 26, student protesters, led by Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) and Alex Chow (周永康), stormed the closed-off Civic Square in front of the headquarters of the Hong Kong government in Admiralty.

Two days later, Occupy Central announced the start of a sit-in outside the government headquarters, and that became part of the 79-day citywide protests known as the Umbrella Movement.

In 2019, the three co-founders of the Occupy Central campaign were sentenced to 16 months in prison for their involvement in the 2014 protests. Chan was released in March 2020.

(By Lai Yen-hsi and Teng Pei-ju)

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