Lin, Chris profile picMA Graduate – Class of 2017

Having just finished my Bachelor of Laws in the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, I decided to not immediately pursue a legal career, unlike most fellow graduates. Instead, here I am in New York, delving into a subject that is certainly far from, but not completely unrelated from law. Three years of small town living in Reading has taught me much, from studying without distraction, to living the authentic British experience. Now, I look forward to returning to my urban roots, in an environment similar to my hometown of Hong Kong, and bringing everything that I’ve learnt so far to this degree. Outside of academics, it’s likely that you’ll see me in a bar listening to good vinyl, or a dance studio trying not to break a limb. But above all, I’m always up for a good beer and a conversation.

Research Interests

My research interests center around my hometown of Hong Kong and the instability leading to her future. Since Leung Chun Ying’s induction as Chief Executive of the Hong Kong government in 2012, Hong Kong has seemingly fallen into a never-ending cycle of political chaos. Nowadays, one is either pro-China, or anti-China; this distinction clearly created over the multiple political events of the recent past, such as the Umbrella Revolution and the anti-Parallel Traders Protests. With every affair being used as cannon fodder for politicization, what would be the right route for the city going forward? And will Hong Kong’s unique advantages, which she built from the colonial era on, be deemed negligible in the face of China’s economic growth? Based on the current social climate, academic opinion, the rule of law, and other social factors, I hope to conclude that there is a way for Hong Kong to escape her current socio-political crisis.


  • LL.B., Law, University of Reading, 2013-2016