Clash of Times in Hong Kong: Lost In the Fumes Screening & Panel

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 2:30pm to 5:30pm


Film: Lost In The Fumes
- Victoria Tin-bor Hui  (Associate Professor of Political Science in the University of Notre Dame)
- Ho-Fung Hung (Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy at The Johns Hopkins University)
- Walter C. Clemens, Jr. (Professor Emeritus at Boston University and author of “Could Hong Kong Become Another Estonia?”)
- Frances Hui  (Author of “I am from Hong Kong, not China” and Hong Kong activist based in Boston)

The panel discussion will be conducted in English. The film is in Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles available.

Admission is free and a voluntary donation in cash/credit card is high encouraged. You don't need a ticket/reservation to attend. You can donate on-site or on Eventbrite ( but it doesn't serve as a reservation either. For the detail of the donations, you can check out the Facebook event detail.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hong Kong Student Society
Local HK-activist Frances Hui

We will screen the movie Lost In the Fumes, which is a biography of Edward Leung realizing his struggle during his political movement in 2016 (Read the details below), following a panel discussion, which will focus on the political climate of Hong Kong, such as the rise of localism, the conflicts between HK and China under one-country-two-systems, and the rapid evolution of the format of the Hong Kong political movement.

Invited speakers:
Victoria Tin-bor Hui, Associate Professor of Political Science in the University of Notre Dame
Ho-Fung Hung, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at The Johns Hopkins University
Walter Clemens, Professor Emeritus at Boston University and Associate Professor at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Frances Hui, Hong Kong activist based in Boston and student journalist at Emerson College minoring in political science

Date: November 16 (Saturday)
Venue: MIT Building 34-101, 50 Vassar St, Cambridge
Time: 2:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.


Clash of The Times in Hong Kong: Independent Movie Series and Discussions on Hong Kong's Political Climate

In this series, we will screen movies made by independent filmmakers that reflect Hong Kong’s political climate in the past five years, followed by a panel discussion on related topics. Through the message of movies and the exchange of ideas in the discussion, we aim to unveil the root cause of social conflicts seeded since the Umbrella Revolution in 2014, and the emergence of the unprecedented protest-model in recent anti-extradition-law movement. We hope the series could be an opportunity for the audience to review their standpoints and compare the diverse political views that arose in such an uneasy peace. Ultimately, we wish all of us put aside our prejudice, respect the diversity of the social movement and keep striving for the development of civil society in Hong Kong. The series is co-organized by Harvard University’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Hong Kong Student Society of MIT and local HK-activist Frances Hui.

There will not be any entrance fee. But voluntary donation in cash/credit card is highly encouraged. Collected donations will first be transferred to a non-profit organization (will be announced soon) as an intermediary to cover the cost of the event, then a portion will go to subsidizing Ying-E-Chi for its film production cost and future operation, while the remaining funds will be transferred to "Spark Alliance HK" to aid protesters in Hong Kong arrested from political engagement.

Ying-E-Chi is an HK-based non-profit arts organization established by a group of Hong Kong independent filmmakers. We acknowledge their hard work in creating Hong Kong independent movies that reflect topics untouched by the mass media industry.

Spark Alliance Hong Kong is a non-profit foundation that supports grass-root arrestees, including free legal consultation, subsidized emergency medical service, arranging family visits, and assisting employment in future.


Lost In The Fumes|Hong Kong|2017|93min|In Cantonese with Chin&Eng subtitles
Edward Leung was an average student before he unexpectedly finds himself at the focal point of two Legislative Council elections. The 60,000 votes from By-election guaranteed his seat in the next round, yet the regime closed the door of LegCo by imposing extra measures. He could only put his backup Baggio Leung into the race. Meanwhile Edward faces counts of rioting charges for taking part in the Mongkok Protest. Once an rising star, now may be a doomed prisoner. As the oath-taking controversy unfold, Edward retreats from spotlight and goes studying abroad while chaos continue to reign over Hong Kong.

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