Consumer Privacy and Consumer Citizenship: Distributed or Centralized Trust among the Chinese Social Credit System @ Room 857, Eighth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Chinese government has launched a new social credit system in the early 2010s to monitor citizen and businesses’ behaviour and reputation as well as their access to goods and services. Citizens with low social credits (or social score) may receive punishments such as travel bans, slow internet connection, exclusion from hotels as well as registration on a public blacklist. In this research talk, we will discuss how the Chinese government transforms their governance approach to discipline citizens’ everyday behaviours. We will also discuss how new technologies such as Internet of Things (IoTs) and big data analytics become tools for maintaining the social order. We will conclude the talk with an open dialogue regarding consumer privacy and consumer citizenship in the new state-operated reputation system.

Dr. Eric Li is a marketing and consumer researcher with a PhD in Marketing from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Masters in Anthropology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include consumer privacy, global consumer culture, digital marketing and consumption, the integration of internet of things (IoT) and internet of people (IoP) in the market systems. He is currently working on research projects related to prosocial behaviours, corporate philanthropy, and the distributed trust.

Dr. Magnum Lam is a consumer researcher with a PhD in Fashion Business from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests include consumer moralism, design and aesthetic experiences, and consumer acculturation.

All are welcome.

China’s New United Front Work in Hong Kong: Penetrative Politics and its Implications @ Room 857, Eighth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This talk is based on a new book authored by Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo, Steven Hung, and Jeff Loo.  The book, entitled China’s New United Front Work in Hong Kong: penetrative politics and its implications, explores the dynamics of China’s new united front work in Hong Kong. Mainland Chinese penetrative politics can be seen in the activities of local pro-Beijing political parties, clans and neighborhood associations, labour unions, women and media organizations, district federations, and some religious groups. However, united front work in the educational and youth sectors of civil society has encountered strong resistance because many Hong Kong people are post-materialistic and uphold their core values of human rights, the rule of law and transparency. China’s new united front work in Hong Kong has been influenced by its domestic turn toward “hard” authoritarianism, making Beijing see Hong Kong’s democratic activists and radicals as political enemies. Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” is drifting toward “one country, two mixed systems” with some degree of convergence. Yet, Taiwan and some foreign countries have seen China’s united front work as politically destabilizing and penetrative.

Sonny Lo is Professor of Politics at the School of Continuing and Professional Education, University of Hong Kong (HKU SPACE). He received his Bachelor degree (Specialized Honors) in political science at York University, Master degree in political science from the University of Waterloo and PhD in political science at University of Toronto. Before joining HKU SPACE in December 2016, he taught at the Education University of Hong Kong,  University of Waterloo, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Murdoch University, Hong Kong Lingnan College and the University of East Asia, Macau. He is the author of eleven single-authored books, including The Politics of Policing in Greater China (Palgrave 2016), The Politics of Controlling Organized Crime in Greater China (Routledge 2015), Hong Kong’s Indigenous Democracy (Palgrave 2015), The Politics of Crisis Management in China: The Sichuan Earthquake (Lexington 2014), Competing Chinese Political Visions (Praeger 2010), The Politics of Cross-Border Crime in Greater China (M. E. Sharpe 2009), The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong Relations (Hong Kong University Press 2008), Political Change in Macao (Routledge 2008 and First Class Prize from the Macau Foundation 2009), Governing Hong Kong (Nova Science 2001), The Politics of Democratization in Hong Kong (Macmillan 1997), and Political Development in Macau (Chinese University Press 1995).

Lunch will be provided. Please send any dietary restrictions to by 15 August 2019.

Launch of the Canada-China Initiatives Fund at YCAR @ Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Sep 13 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

YCAR will launch the Canada China Initiative Fund on Friday 13, Septmeber 2019 at York University.

The Canada China Initiative Fund at the York Centre for Asian Research (CCIF at YCAR) supports scholarly exchanges and research of York faculty and graduate students. It was created through the generous support of York’s Asian Business and Management Program.

Its key aims are to: build a strong community of York scholars who raise the global profile of research and engagement at York on China and its global reach, on Canada-China linkages or the Chinese-Canadian community as well as to foster connections between York and institutions in China or in Chinese-Canadian communities.


11:30am – Launch ceremony
Noon – When A Hundred Schools of Thought  Contend and Collaborate
Presentations by members of five York faculties who represent the diverse strength of York University’s China and Chinese diaspora studies, and intention to foster intra and inter-faculty research collaboration.
12:45pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Keynote by Ezra Vogel (Harvard University)
2:30pm – New Canada-China Relations: Desirable? Possible?
In Conversation with Gregory Chin (York University), Paul Evans (University of British Columbia) and TBC

All are welcome.

Please RSVP to by 1 September 2019 with any food sensitivities.