Wednesday, September 7, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Texas Public Policy Foundation
901 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Click here to watch the movie, and click here to watch our pre-movie discussion.


For decades, Hong Kong stood as a bulwark of freedom against the oppressive Chinese regime. Earlier this summer, Chinese dictator Xi Jinping visited Hong Kong, ostensibly to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. However, his visit signaled something much more sinister – Xi’s victory over the pro-democracy opposition to China’s brutal authoritarian regime.

The Acton Institute’s “The Hong Konger” document’s Hong Kong’s 3-year fight for independence through the lens of Jimmy Lai, a billionaire-turned-free-speech-activist who is still imprisoned by the Chinese government. Choosing to stay and fight when his wealth would have easily allowed him to flee or make nice with the Chinese Communist Party elites, Jimmy Lai serves as an exemplar of the modern freedom fighter, while Hong Kong’s struggle indicates to the importance of always staying vigilant to defend our own freedom.

Join the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Acton Institute on September 7th to screen Acton’s “The Hong Konger” film. TPPF’s Check DeVore will host a discussion and Q&A with Acton’s Eric Kohn before the movie, and complimentary drinks and light appetizers will be provided.

Watch the movie trailer HERE!


  • Chuck DeVore (Moderator) – Chief National Initiatives Officer, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Eric Kohn (Guest) – Director of Marketing and Communications, Acton Institute


  • 5:30PM – Guest Check-In + Cocktail Reception
  • 5:50PM – Moderated Discussion
  • 6:15PM – Movie Screening
  • 7:30PM – Event Ends

Movie Synopsis

“The Hong Konger” is a documentary by the Acton Institute. When Hong Kong’s basic freedoms come under attack, media tycoon Jimmy Lai finds himself in the crosshairs of the state and must choose between defending Hong Kong’s long-standing liberties, or his own freedom.

Jimmy’s story is one that cannot die in a prison cell—it is one that must reignite a persistent movement to defend the cause of freedom for Hong Kongers, for China as a whole, and humanity everywhere. You can make a difference. Learn about the three ways you can get involved with the film.


Please see the parking options below and click here for a parking map:

  • Metered parking – pay per minute/hour Congress Avenue – 9th Street and surrounding streets
  • Peak Parking LLC – $6.00 for first 30 minutes then $3.00 for each additional 30 minutes176 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Capitol Tower – $9.00 per hour – 206 E 9th Street, Austin, TX 78701

The Price of Free Speech: Screening the Acton Institute’s “The Hong Konger” image