A panel session with: Au Loong Yu (China Labor Net, Hong Kong), Joshua Wong Chi-fung (Convener, Scholarism, Hong Kong), and Jieh-min Wu (Research Fellow, Academia Sinica, Taiwan).
2014 saw sustained popular protests erupt in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In both Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement students and citizens have taken to the streets en masse to demand genuine democracy and express widespread grievances against the polarization of wealth and income, as well as crony capitalism. The “China factor” is a key impetus for the mobilizations in both places, as the hardline political turn of the Xi regime has brought the serious repression of civil liberties, while the Mainland’s economic dominance threatens the life chances of the younger generation in the local communities. This event will bring together academics and leading participants in the revolts in Hong Kong and Taiwan to discuss the movements’ past trajectories and future prospects.