Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023 6:30 PM - Thursday, October 19, 2023 8:00 PM
Location: Temple University, Japan Campus, 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Athena Tong


  • Benoit Hardy-Chartrand


Since the enactment of the National Security Law, Hong Kong has experienced a mass exodus and brain drain in the past three years. A big part of the diaspora has moved to Commonwealth countries including the UK, the US, Canada and Australia. However, even in diaspora, the Hong Kong community is still not safe from further human rights repressions from Beijing. The community’s plight, along with the plights of Taiwanese, Uyghurs, Tibetans, and South Mongolians, plays an important part in geopolitical and geoeconomic tensions surrounding foreign interference and manipulation of information, economic security and the international order. This lecture will give an insight into the Hong Kong diasporic experience in Japan and globally, and how these dynamics play out, as we approach this cycle of China’s Universal Periodic Review in January 2024.

Date & Time:

Thursday, October 19, 2023 18:30


Temple University, Japan Campus Room 403 (Access)


Registration is not required but greatly appreciated. If you wish to register for this event, please fill out this Registration Form 


This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Athena Tong

Researcher at University of Tokyo

Athena Tong is a Visiting Researcher at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, having left Hong Kong in October 2022. She is on the board of the Japan Hong Kong Democracy Alliance and the Asian Lawyers Network. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Hong Kong Baptist University and at Sciences Po Paris, and received her Master’s degree from the University of London in 2018, with a focus on Political Communications. Her current research scope includes human rights diplomacy, counter-influence operation, and economic security. She has been involved in political work and human rights advocacy in Hong Kong since 2015. 


Benoit Hardy-Chartrand

Adjunct Assistant Professor at TUJ

Benoit Hardy-Chartrand is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University Japan. His areas of expertise include East Asian geopolitics and security, and Chinese foreign policy. 

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