Location: Faculty Lounge
Date: November 8, 2023

Through the eyes of two frontline journalists comes a gripping narrative history of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement centered around a cast of core activists, culminating in the 2019 mass protests and Beijing’s brutal crackdown. In Among the Braves (2023), Shibani Mahtani and Timothy McLaughlin tell the story of Hong Kong’s decades-long push for democracy, and what the sacrifices of its people mean for the global struggle against authoritarianism. In this talk, Mahtani and McLaughlin will share highlights from their new book, and answer questions about the activists fighting on the frontlines in Hong Kong’s fight for democracy.

This event is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Center for Asian Law and the Human Rights Institute (HRI) at Georgetown Law.


  • Shibani Mahtani is an international investigative correspondent for the Washington Post. She was previously the Post’s Hong Kong and Southeast Asia bureau chief and a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal based in Singapore, Yangon, and Chicago.
  • Timothy McLaughlin is a prize-winning contributing writer for The Atlantic. Previously he worked for Reuters news agency. His work has also appeared in publications including WIRED, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Prospect.
  • Eric Yan-ho Lai (moderator) is a research fellow with the Georgetown Center for Asian Law, where he observes and analyses the development of the rule of law and judicial independence in the context of China-Hong Kong relations.


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