Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal (Sep 2016)

Scholarism and Hong Kong Federation of Students: Comparative Analysis of Their Developments after the Umbrella Movement

  • Benson Wai-Kwok Wong,
  • Sanho Chung

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 2, no. 2
pp. 865 – 884


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This article aims to examine the features of, and difficulties in, the development of Scholarism and Hong Kong Federation of Students after the Umbrella Movement (2014). This article first introduces the emergence of both organizations, aiming to provide the necessary background to their features, notably student activism, politicization, and issue-based reasons in launching campaigns. This is followed by an analysis of the difficulties faced by both organizations with reference to leadership, orientation, organizational capacity and networking, as reflected in the disappointment and disillusionment of a significant number of participants during the movement. The article then moves on to investigate the possible methods adopted by both organizations to consolidate their strengths in light of the above weaknesses, focusing on the buttressing of accountability and reform. In conclusion, the reorganization of student power is of key concern during the process in face of the increasing political intervention of the Beijing authorities and political decay of the Hong Kong government.