Self-Determination

Kaohsiung Gaming Tournament Illustrates Esports As New Site Of Identity Contestation

Esports become another arena for contestation between Taiwanese and Chinese identity with a recent incident in Kaohsiung involving Taiwanese, Chinese, and South Korean League of Legends players participating in the Asia section of Rift Rivals international tournament, held in Kaohsiung from July 6th to July 9th... Read More

Demonstrations Mark Xi Visit, But What Now For Hong Kong?

Demonstrations took place this weekend across Hong Kong to mark the first visit of Xi Jinping to Hong Kong, the annual pro-democracy march on July 1st, the 20th anniversary of the British handover, and the turnover of Chief Executive from Cy Leung to Carrie Lam. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen what is next for Hong Kong youth activists and others, seeing as youth activists expected more intense protest but this did not happen... Read More

28th Anniversary Of Tiananmen Square Massacre Commemorated In Liberty Plaza

The annual commemoration of the Tiananmen Square Massacre took place in Taipei yesterday, marking the 28th anniversary of the crackdown on demonstrating students by the Chinese government. The commemoration was held in Liberty Plaza, as it has been in previous years, and had over one hundred in attendance despite drizzling rain and the ceremony coming on the tail end of a weekend which had seen near-typhoon conditions... Read More

Ahead Of Trump-Xi Meeting, Umbrella And Sunflower Activists Condemn Lee Ming-Che Arrest

Joshua Wong of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and Lin Fei-Fan, Chen Wei-Ting, and Huang Kuo-Chang of Taiwan's Sunflower Movement held a joint press conference in Taipei today regarding the detention of Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-Che and the upcoming meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and American president Donald Trump... Read More

Sunflower Movement Activists Found Not Guilty

With Sunflower Movement activists found not guilty today of all charges related to the occupation of the Legislative Yuan three years ago, another part of the unresolved legacy of the Sunflower Movement has been taken care of. But it remains that the sentencing for other legal cases involving incidents during the Sunflower Movement have not yet been heard. And, of course, the trial verdict raises the fact that many of the demands of the Sunflower Movement still have not been met... Read More

Impending Conflict Between The DPP And Taiwanese Youth Activists Over The Cross-Straits Oversight Bill?

The possibility of conflict breaking out between Taiwanese youth activists and the DPP seems quite likely in the near future, with discussion of an oversight bill for cross-strait trade deals scheduled for late next week. But although the passage of such a bill was one of the significant demands of the Sunflower Movement, the DPP has stalled and even reversed course multiple times on the issue.... Read More