Youth Movements

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

Taiwan’s Air Is Indeed “Fresh And Sweet” Compared With That Of China

Not too long ago, at the graduation ceremony of the University of Maryland in America, a Chinese student graduating sang the praises of America, stating that American air was “fresh and sweet, and oddly luxurious.” This hurt the feelings of China’s netizens, leading to threats and demands that she apologize. What does this say about the differences between democratic societies and China?... Read More