Social Movements

Author Suicide Prompts Public Outcry

The suicide of bestselling author Lin Yi-Han has provoked no shortage of editorializing and public discussion in Taiwan, seeing as Lin's suicide is attributed to depression over a sexual assault incident which occurred nine years ago in a cram school, the perpetrator being a teacher at the cram school. Lin’s bestselling novel, which was autobiographical in nature, detailed the incident... Read More

Anti-Gay Groups Attempt To Tap Into Anti-Drug Sentiment In Taiwan

The recent turn of groups previously protesting against marriage equality to demonstrating against drugs illustrates the reactionary underpinnings to their thought in attempting to depict gays as drug users. In this way, such groups are very likely hoping to tap into the sharply ingrained taboo against drugs in Taiwanese society... 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