Luncheon on October 29, 2019



Michael Ipson

International Banking Consultant


Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since 1997, is undergoing unprecedented social and political turmoil. Peaceful protests against a proposed extradition agreement with China have led to an outburst of discontent about the inequities of Hong Kong society, the growing Chinese presence there, and the stagnation in the governmental reform that was supposed to culminate in universal suffrage in the election of Hong Kong’s head of government.

In his presentation to the World Affairs Council, Michael Ipson will examine the underlying issues that have fueled the protests in Hong Kong, including enormous disparities in wealth, a housing crisis, the legacy of colonial rule, hesitant political reform, and the younger generation’s growing estrangement from China. He will also analyze the actions of the various stakeholders in the dispute and sketch out possible outcomes.

Michael Ipson first resided in Hong Kong from 1966 to 1968 as an exchange student. He returned to conduct research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and then worked in Hong Kong as an international banker from 1982 to 1986 and 1988 to 2005. With permanent Hong Kong residence status, he has regularly traveled there during the past 15 years, including during the Umbrella Movement in 2014.

Ipson received his BA from UC Berkeley, an MA in East Asian Regional Studies from Stanford, and an MBA from DePaul University. He was a candidate in Chinese and Vietnamese History at Harvard, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.


  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 – 2:00 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • House Salad with Ranch Dressing
  • Panko Crusted Chicken with Sherry Cream Sauce
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Pasta with Marinara Sauce

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests


Reservations are due by October 24 for this October 29 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.


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