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GTI - Narratives from Social Movements and Identity Politics in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Global Taiwan institute

Narratives from Social Movements and Identity Politics in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EST

Webcast Only

Event Description:

In recent months, the Chinese government has taken a number of measures to rein in Hong Kong’s autonomy. The Hong Kong government recently postponed the September 6 election of the city’s legislature by a year. China’s legislature also adopted a controversial national security law for Hong Kong that critics argue will undermine the semi-autonomous territory’s freedoms, sparking new protests in Hong Kong. Taiwan has lent moral support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists, while its democratization and social movements - in particular the Sunflower Movement of 2014 - have been sources of inspiration for Hong Kong’s civil society to resist “mainlandization.” In both places, the younger generation have come to the forefront of these movements. How have the social movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong reinforced each side’s political discourse, objectives, and local identities? How does the Taiwan-Hong Kong connection challenge Beijing’s policies towards both entities? What measures can the United States take to support democratic rights and freedoms in Hong Kong? This virtual seminar will examine the interconnectedness of Hong Kong and Taiwan’s social movements by bringing together a panel of experts from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States.

Taiwan Legislator Freddy Lim will provide the opening keynote. Panelists will include: Ming-sho Ho, professor of sociology at National Taiwan University; Christina Lai, junior research fellow in the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica, Taiwan; Luwei Rose Luqiu, assistant professor of communication at Hong Kong Baptist University; and Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. The panel will be moderated by I-wei Jennifer Chang, research fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute.


Vienna Center for Taiwan Studies

Department of East Asian Studies
University of Vienna
AAKH-Campus, Hof 2, Entrance 2.3
Spitalgasse 2
1090 Vienna Austria

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