Social Movements

International Students from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Other Places Still Face Issues Returning to Taiwan

With the COVID-19 situation under control in Taiwan, questions have been raised about when international students, particularly students who are from China, Hong Kong, or Macau, will be allowed to return to Taiwan. In particular, the Taiwanese government has yet to announce a clear timeline as to when students from China, Hong Kong, or Macau will be allowed to return to Taiwan, or when other international students currently unable to re-enter Taiwan will be allowed to do so... Read More

One-Year Anniversary of Protests in Hong Kong Commemorated in Taipei, Calls for Asylum for Hongkongers

A demonstration in support of Hongkongers took place in Liberty Plaza today, with a number of civil society groups setting up booths starting from 3 PM, and speeches and performances taking place starting from 6 PM. The demonstration today commemorated the one-year anniversary of the start of the protests in Hong Kong and aimed to pressure the Tsai administration on the issue of providing aid to Hongkongers seeking asylum in Taiwan. Organizers claimed that 7,000 were in attendance... Read More

Black Lives Matter Should Prompt Conversation About Racism in Taiwan, Idealization of America

With the protests that have taken place in America after the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, many among the Taiwanese diaspora have been forced to reckon with the apparent racism of some of their elders and peers. Namely, some Taiwanese have actually seen the protests as an attempt by the Chinese government to undermine the US... Read More

The Case for Accepting Hong Kong Refugees in Taiwan

It is widely expected that many Hongkongers will want to flee the city, given the possibility of being ‘disappeared’ into the prison system of a state that has imprisoned untold numbers of political prisoners, Uighurs, Tibetans, and others that don’t fit into Xi Jinping’s “China Dream.” Many have already fled. The Taiwanese government should take steps to aid them... Read More

Minneapolis Ignites in the Wake of George Floyd’s Murder

On the 25th of May, Memorial Day, the national holiday to honor and mourn American military martyrs, a devastatingly routine act of police brutality was captured on camera. Yet another cop murdered a Black man. George Floyd was pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police and suffocated under the weight of the knee pressed against his neck. Some of George Floyd’s last words echoed Eric Garner’s dying plea for mercy, “I can’t breathe".... Read More