Harrison, M, UQ students 'shocked' by intimidation tactics in China Hong Kong protest clash: Interview with AM Radio, ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 25 July (2019) [Media Interview]
Official URL: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-25/uq-students...
Mark Harrison, a senior lecturer in Chinese studies at the University of Tasmania, told AM Wednesday's protests were a worrying sign and "something that we should expect more of".
He said there were multiple issues that could raise tensions among the Chinese diaspora in Australia and elsewhere in the world, including the plight of China's Uyghurs in Xinjiang and the status of Taiwan.
"There's a very large Taiwanese community in Australia — much larger than the Hong Kong community — and that will be a real test of the nature of our political life," Dr Harrison said.
He told AM students growing up under the Chinese education system are taught to be committed to certain views, and some of them continue to be influenced when they arrive in Australia.
"There's also your very active consulates and organisations that are communicating with student leaders … working actively to monitor and direct student interests and ensure no-one is straying too far," he said.
"I feel huge sympathy for [Chinese students in Australia].
"[Some] students have a very difficult time just being and enjoying life on university campuses because of all of these forces around them."
|Item Type:||Media Interview|
|Keywords:||China, Hong Kong, universities, Australia|
|Research Division:||Studies in Human Society|
|Research Group:||Political Science|
|Research Field:||Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Field:||Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions|
|UTAS Author:||Harrison, M (Dr Mark Harrison)|
|Deposited By:||Office of the School of Social Sciences|
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