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UQ students 'shocked' by intimidation tactics in China Hong Kong protest clash: Interview with AM Radio


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]

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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 Details

Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:China, Hong Kong, universities, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Harrison, M (Dr Mark Harrison)
ID Code:135201
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-10-04
Last Modified:2019-10-09
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