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A Century of Student Movement: The Making of Taiwan's Democracy

Friday, September 23, 2022 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Ives Hall, 219
B07 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Ming-sho Ho (Sociology, National Taiwan University)

Taiwan's vibrant democracy nowadays defied the geopolitical challenges imposed by a century of Japanese colonialism, cold-war anti-communist dictatorship, and China's irredentism. This lecture will analyze the island nation's pursuit of autonomy and democracy, with special attention to the role of student mobilization. "Student" was a category created in the colonial modernization, as the Japanese modernized the educational structure and expanded the youthful population receptive to political radicalism. After the flourishing of anti-colonial struggles in the 1920s, the postwar Chinese Nationalist regime encountered student mobilization in the 1947 February 28 Incident and the subsequent clandestine insurgency. The early-1970s witnessed the rise of the nationalistic Diaoyutai movement and its spillover to prodemocracy and social service streams. The lifting of martial law in 1987 gave a mighty impetus to the student movement, culminating in the 1990 Wild Lily Movement. After a long hibernation, the student movement made a comeback in the 2008 Wild Strawberry Movement and the 2014 Sunflower Movement, with the protest target shifting to China. His lecture will review the century-long student movement history and examine its changing ideologies, strategies, and impacts.

Faculty host: Eli Friedman (Sociology, Department of Comparative International Labor Relations, Cornell)
Co-sponsored by The Levinson China & Asia-Pacific Studies Program

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ILR School, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, History, International and Comparative Labor, Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS), East Asia Program, Asian American Studies Program, Global Learning, Center for Intercultural Dialogue, Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM), China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, Global Development, ILR Outreach


cals, history, ILR, East Asia program, asianstudiescal, mario, einau



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Sociology, National Taiwan University

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