Self-Determination

Rally Against ROC Constitution Held In Liberty Plaza By Pro-Taiwan Civil Society Groups

A demonstration to call for normalization of Taiwan’s international status was held at Liberty Plaza tonight, calling for the removal of Taiwan’s status as a “province” of China in the ROC constitution and the permanent connection of Taiwan and China enshrined in the ROC constitution through the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area... Read More

Lee Ming-Che Trial Provokes Outrage, But What Now For Efforts To Secure His Release?

Outrage broken out in Taiwan with the appearance of detained Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-Che in Chinese courts yesterday. Lee pled guilty to “subverting state power” and undermining the authority of the CCP in attempting to encourage multi-party in democracy. But what now for efforts to secure Lee's release?... Read More

The Battle For Hong Kong’s Courts

The struggle over the integrity of Hong Kong’s judiciary is shaping up to be an important political battle both domestically and internationally. The Hong Kong Basic Law provides for the establishment of the Hong Kong judiciary. Article 85 of the Basic Law states that these courts will act independently and “free from any interference”. This, however, is coming under fire from those who claim that the courts are becoming more and more an arm of the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong... Read More

Joshua Wong And Other Umbrella Movement Activists Sentenced To Jail By Hong Kong Government

The Hong Kong Court of Appeal handed down jail sentences today to Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow for participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests, sentencing Wong to six months in jail, Law to eight months in jail, and Alex Chow to seven months in jail. The three have been billed Hong Kong's first political prisoners. What now for Hong Kong?... Read More

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