Youth Movements

Permanent Residency Plan for Hongkongers Delayed Due to Backlash from Pan-Green Legislators

Backlash from pan-Green legislators has led the Mainland Affairs Council to suspend a plan to allow individuals from Hong Kong and Macau to obtain permanent residency in Taiwan after five years on a work permit. What the incident shows is the dynamics regarding perceptions of Hong Kong in Taiwan at present. Namely, as democratic freedoms continue to deteriorate in Hong Kong, it is increasingly possible that Taiwan simply comes to treat Hong Kong as part of China–and Hongkongers as Chinese. The issue continues to be contested over, with members of the pan-Green camp having not reached a consensus on the issue...

Low Turnout in Hong Kong’s “Patriots Only” Legislative Elections

Hong Kong held its first “patriots-only” election for the Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday in an election that was marked by record low turnout. The election only saw 30.2% participation, or 1.35 million ballots cast. This was nearly half of the turnout in 2016, when LegCo elections were last held, which saw 58% turnout...

Backlash from Conservatives After Chulalongkorn University Student Council Calls for Cancellation of Phra Kiao Parade

On October 23rd, which is King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, the Student Union of Chulalongkorn University published a statement on the cancellation of the Phra Kiao Parade as part of the Chula–Thammasat Traditional Football Match held annually. The Student Union’s resolution was a consensus of 29:0 votes in favor of canceling the parade. The Phra Kiao refers to a Thai coronet, used as the emblem of King Chulalongkorn...

Rally in Support of Hongkongers, Other Groups Facing Oppression from China Held to Mark Chinese National Day

Groups rallied today in front of the legislature to call attention to the Chinese government’s authoritarianism and to call on the Taiwanese government to take stronger action for Hongkongers in need of assistance. The rally took place today because October 1st is Chinese National Day...