Youth Movements

Seven Hour Police Detention Of Sports Reform Activist Provokes Outrage

Anger has broken out from Taiwanese activists over the detention and questioning of sporting reform association Fair Game! TAIWAN! member Zhang Youxuan by police at the behest of the Chinese Taipei Volleyball Association. On Tuesday, Zhang was detained for over seven hours on charges of illegally eavesdropping on a closed door meeting was held between officials of the Chinese Taipei Volleyball Association and the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education, and refused to allow to leave into the late night in spite of the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Hualien on Tuesday night. The detention seems to have occurred at behest of the Chinese Taipei Volleyball Association, which sought to press charges against Zhang... Read More

Attempts By Sporting Associations To Block Reform Efforts Using Fake Members

Controversy over sporting associations in Taiwan continues, with accusations in the past month that sporting associations have taken steps to try and block pushes for reform from Taiwanese activists and members of civil society. This has been through raising the costs for joining sporting associations and a sudden influx of thousands of applications shortly before the deadline, of which many are thought to be fake... Read More

Will A ‘Civil War’ Break Out Between Third Force Parties Before 2018 Elections?

A “civil war” between post-Sunflower Movement “Third Force” parties, composed of activists that sought to enter electoral politics after the movement, is a possibility in the lead-up to 2018 elections. Namely, it is possible that multiple Third Force parties will run in the same areas, leading to conflict.... Read More

Charges Facing Ma Ying-Jeou Complicated By New Party Scandal

Former president Ma Ying-Jeou of the KMT, who saw the eruption of the Sunflower Movement against his policies aimed at directing the unification of Taiwan and China under his term, continues to come under fire for actions that took place during his presidency. In particular, Ma is currently facing lawsuits regarding the underselling of former state-owned enterprises and former KMT party assets. But this has been complicated by the recent scandal regarding the detention of high-profile New Party members... Read More

Huang Kuo-Chang Survives Recall Vote, But What Now?

Huang Kuo-Chang has survived the recall vote organized against him by anti-gay marriage groups in his electoral district of New Taipei 12. Nevertheless, this was by the recall vote not meeting the necessary benchmark to pass, and the amount of voters who voted in favor of the recall were greater than those that voted against it. What now for the NPP, then?... Read More

Referendum Changes A Step Forward For Democratic Experimentalism In Taiwan?

With the passage of amendments to the Referendum Act, celebrations have broken out from some of Taiwan’s post-Sunflower Movement activists with the view that this accomplishes a longstanding demand of activists to lower the benchmarks needed to hold public referendums in Taiwan. However, the implications of these changes remain to be seen... Read More

Suspension Of Young Macau Lawmaker A Warning Sign For Hong Kong And Taiwan

The suspension from legislature of 26-year-old Macau lawmaker Sulu Sou, for a demonstration which crossed over into the street rather than remaining only on the sidewalk, would mark the deterioration of democracy in Macau along the lines of what has occurred in Hong Kong. This may be a warning sign for Hong Kong and Taiwan... Read More

Harvard Anti-Affirmative Action Lawsuit Reveals White Conservatives’ Attempts To Use Asian-Americans As A Racial Wedge

A recent lawsuit filed alleging racial discrimination at Harvard against Asian-Americans due to affirmative action programs purports to be in the interest of Asian-Americans, but this would in fact be the attempt of white conservatives to repeal affirmative action programs to deny black and Latino students access to institutions of higher education... Read More