Dienstag, 18. Mai 2021, 10:00 - 11:00 iCal

Taiwan's Youth Movement

and Politics since the 2014 Sunflower Movement



In this lecture, I will survey the causes and the outcomes of Taiwan’s 2014 Sunflower Movement, which involved a student-led occupation of the national legislature. After that incident, Taiwan’s youth activism proliferated and helped the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party to capture the national power in 2016. After the power turnover, youth protests still continued, particularly on the issues of same-sex marriage and labor rights. In particular, young voters’ fear of being annexed by People’s Republic of China, which was intensified by Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protest in 2019, helped consolidate the landslide reelection victory for the Democratic Progressive Party in 2020.

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Vienna Center for Taiwan Studies

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Astrid Lipinsky
Universität Wien
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften