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Theological Reflections on the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

  • Justin K.H. Tse
  • Jonathan Y. Tan

Part of the Asian Christianity in the Diaspora book series (ACID)

About this book


 This book gathers the voices of four local Hong Kong theologians to reflect on the 2014 democracy protests in the city from the perspectives of Catholic social teaching, feminist and queer intersectionality, Protestant liberation, and textual exegesis. The volume also includes an extended primer on Hong Kong politics to aid readers as they reflect on the theology underlying the democracy protests. 

September 28, 2014 is known as the day that political consciousness in Hong Kong began to shift. As police fired eighty-seven volleys of tear gas at protesters demanding “genuine universal suffrage” in Hong Kong, the movement (termed the “Umbrella Movement”) ignited a polarizing set of debates over civil disobedience, government collusion with private interests, and democracy. The Umbrella Movement was also a theological watershed moment, a time for religious reflection. This book analyzes the role that religion played in shaping the course of this hi
storic movement. 


Umbrella Movement Hong Kong China Religion Christianity Democracy Protest “one country, two systems” Religion in China

Editors and affiliations

  • Justin K.H. Tse
    • 1
  • Jonathan Y. Tan
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Washington SeattleUSA
  2. 2.Case Western Reserve University ClevelandUSA

About the editors

 Justin K. H. Tse is Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington, USA.

Jonathan Y. Tan is The Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor of Catholic Studies at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA. 

Bibliographic information


“The book is an important contribution to our understanding of the Umbrella Movement, and our understanding of the relations between religion and politics in this specific Asian context. … I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of theological insights I gathered from the book.” (Mariske Westendorp,, February, 2018)​