Social Movements

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

Demonstration Against Asia Cement Mine On Indigenous Lands Draws 2,500

A march against Asia Cement’s mine on Truku indigenous lands in and surrounding Taroko National Park today, with over 2,500 in attendance. The march began in front of the Executive Yuan and, after marching for an hour down Zhongshan South Road, finished on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Residence, where a number of tents and a stage for musical performances had been set up... Read More

Tsai Administration Quietly Approves Nuclear Reactor Restarts: Outrage To Follow?

The recent decision of the Tsai administration to allow for nuclear reactor restarts in Taiwan of the No. 1 reactor at the Guosheng nuclear power plant and the No. 2 reactor at the Ma-anshan plant in order to accommodate the energy needs of the upcoming summer may be a decision which will cause a future wave of protest against the Tsai administration... 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

Taiwan’s Air Is Indeed “Fresh And Sweet” Compared With That Of China

Not too long ago, at the graduation ceremony of the University of Maryland in America, a Chinese student graduating sang the praises of America, stating that American air was “fresh and sweet, and oddly luxurious.” This hurt the feelings of China’s netizens, leading to threats and demands that she apologize. What does this say about the differences between democratic societies and China?... Read More