December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
St. Mark's College
5935 Iona Dr
Vancouver, BC V6T 2L4
Michael Goco

Passive Collaboration, Pastoral Commitments: Chinese Catholic Politics in Hong Kong

Join the Newman Association as they begin their Fall Program with Dr. Justin K.H. Tse, Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University for a talk on Chinese Catholic Politics in Hong Kong. Saturday, December 16th, 10am at St. Mark’s College (Room 101).

It might be helpful for those trying to understand the Catholic Church in China to get a handle on Catholicism in Hong Kong. As a church in a city returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 under a ‘one country, two systems’ policy, the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has been invested in bridging Rome’s relations with China as well as instructing its people on how to negotiate the question of Chinese national identity. These questions have come to the fore in the wake of a Hong Kong democracy movement manifesting itself most visibly in the 2014 occupy protests known as the Umbrella Movement, on which the former and current bishops of Hong Kong, the diocesan curia, and the Vatican seem to contradict themselves. How should these Chinese Catholic contradictions in Hong Kong be understood? What impact do these politics have on the Catholic Church in China? What does all of this have to teach Catholics who might not be Chinese but are invested in the life of the Church?

Justin K.H. Tse (謝堅恆) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Previously, he taught religious studies at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in Seattle, WA, and human geography at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. He became a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington in 2014 after receiving his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver (UBC) in May 2014. He earned his B.A. (Hon.) in History in 2007 and an MA in Geography in 2009, also from UBC.

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The Newman Association of Vancouver is a Catholic organization that promotes and cultivates the religious, intellectual, and social formation of its members and associates. It is named after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, an Anglican convert to Catholicism whose life story of conversion and writings on the idea of a university greatly inspired those working for the advancement of the liberal arts and the ideals of Catholic education, an inspiration that led to the start of the Newman movement around the world in the 20th century. Founded in 1940, The Newman Association extends the mission of the Newman Club of the University of British Columbia from the UBC campus to the wider community and brings issues of pertinence into discussion and dialogue through its activities in the local Church.

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