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Rebekka Åsnes Sagild, PhD Student, University of Oslo

Rebekka Åsnes Sagild is a PhD-student in Modern China studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo. She has a background in China studies and political science, and has spent several years in the People's Republic of China, for studies, work, and field research. Currently she is writing the first English language monograph on the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conferences (CPPCC). A key point of her research is to describe the role of the CPPCC in the Chinese political system, and its functions and practice, in particular at local levels in China.


Julia Wong, MPhil Student, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Julia Wong is a master student at the Center for Peace Studies at the University of Tromsø. Her background is from political science, with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Stavanger.

The main topic for the master thesis is the Hong Kong protests from 2019, questioning whether an assumed generational gap in identity might explain the level of active participation. More specifically, the perception of national or civic identity among individual ‘baby boomers’ and ‘millennials’. In addition to identity, the focus will be on the general view on the society and political situation. Data for the thesis is based on interviews and observation from fieldwork conducted in Hong Kong during the summer of 2019. Furthermore, the research will be drawn to more general theories regarding the role of identity in conflicts and human security.