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The Asian/Asian-American Ministries Center Welcomes Dr. Justin K. H. Tse

Liberation Theology in the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement?: Assessing Conscientization in an Occupy Movement

Dr. Justin K. H. Tse | Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at Northwestern University

Lecture Sponsored by the Asian/Asian-American Ministries Center
April 4, 2017 | 11:10 a.m. | Room 205, Main Building

About Dr. Justin K. H. Tse

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. Justin’s research focuses on the civil societies of the Pacific Rim, especially on the relationship between ideology and theology in cities in this region. Since his undergraduate studies, he has found himself especially curious about the anchoring role that Hong Kong plays in this geography. His B.A. honours essay in history focused on the films of the Hui Brothers in 1970s Hong Kong and examined what it meant to be a young man in Hong Kong during that time period.

A fascination with Chinese churches in Vancouver brought him to the Department of Geography, where he worked with Professor David Ley to write an M.A. thesis on a transnational Hongkonger church in Richmond, British Columbia, where he explored ways in which a Hongkonger, Cantonese-speaking cultural geography is constructed in relation to both an Anglophone Canadian one as well as Mandarin-speaking migrants from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). He is also involved in publishing from a collaborative project on the immigrant integration and interfaith dialogue opportunities on Richmond’s ‘Highway to Heaven,‘ a stretch of road where over 20 religious institutions are located in the space of two blocks of converted agricultural land. His PhD dissertation, also supervised by Professor Ley, examined Cantonese-speaking Protestants’ engagements with the secular civil societies of Hong Kong, Metro Vancouver, and the San Francisco Bay Area and the ‘grounded theologies’ (including theological ‘secular’ ones) that these activities generated.

His current postdoctoral project focuses on the politicization of civil societies in Pacific Rim cities in relation to state-and-market schemes of privatization and economic integration; the case studies include the origins and aftermath of Hong Kong’s 2014 prodemocracy Umbrella Movement protest occupations, Asian Americans involved in the Black Lives Matter movement in American cities (especially Seattle), and Chinese and Japanese Canadians engaging the neighbourhood politics of Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver.


About the Asian/Asian-American Ministries Center

Established by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1984, this center serves the needs of Asian American students, pastors, and churches. The office provides services to churches throughout the North Central Jurisdiction by recruiting students for ordained ministry and by training seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders for effective ministry in cross-cultural settings. For more information, contact Wonhee Anne Joh, faculty director, at 847.866.3974 or

April 4, 2017

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