The KMT responds to loss: Trauma management and mimetic distortion

Written by Stephane Corcuff. It could have been the first civic protest against Taiwan’s new government of Premier Lin Chuan and President Tsai Ying-wen. Or, like the Sunflower movement, an expression of the discontent of the civil society, expressed independently from the old political establishment. And it could also have been a surge of imagination …

The “Terror” Angle in China’s Domestic “Stability Maintenance.”

Written by Tom Cliff. The foremost aim of Chinese authorities’ “Uyghur terror-threat” mobilisation outside Xinjiang is stability among the Han majority. Initially confined to Xinjiang, China has significantly expanded “anti-terror” mobilisation across the country. Urban police forces are rapidly being augmented with paramilitary units, and equipment including armoured cars and semi-automatic weapons. The Chinese authorities employ …

Social Media Activism: All the Rage in China

Written by Zixue Tai. Social media activism has taken root in China in recent years. In its numerous manifestations, it has has redefined the contours of China’s grassroots activism and collective action. Through its invasive presence in China’s cyber world, the formula usually works as follows: a certain individual with an axe to grind vents …

Raining on Xi Jinping’s parade in Macau

Written by Jackie Sheehan. President Xi Jinping is in Macau for the 15th-anniversary celebrations of the territory’s transfer from Portuguese sovereignty to that of the PRC, December 1999’s much lower-key and less fraught handover which followed Hong Kong’s fractious reversion in July 1997. Public protest is rare in Macau, apart from a few recent strikes …

Splits emerge in protest ranks as Hong Kong stand-off continues

Written by Michel Hockx. The umbrellas were out in full force on Monday night in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong – but mainly because it was actually raining. A few hundred people, myself included, had shown up to listen to speeches by student leaders and activists. Many of the people around me were young, …

How Hong Kong’s democracy protesters overplayed their hand

Written by Niv Horesh. Time is running out for Hong Kong’s protest movement. Beijing’s last shred of patience has worn thin; police have cleared one of the protest zones in the commercial neighbourhood of Mong Kok, arresting two leading student activists. The action comes a fortnight after Chinese president Xi Jinping, in a joint press …

External anxieties, internal self-reflection: The CPV regime’s confidence vote

Written by Huong Le Thu. A deficit of trust seems to be a common problem both on a regional and country-to-country level in East Asia. Within many Asian nations, society’s trust in governments is undergoing serious challenges. Protests have spread across the region: in Thailand months of protests finished with a military coup; in Taiwan …

Why China won’t back down on Hong Kong

Written by Shujie Yao. Obviously, many Hong Kongers are not happy with the way their territory has been governed since it was returned to China in 1997. The recent protests have escalated to such a scale that the central Chinese authority has referred to it as an “illegal” mass demonstration, the likes of which is …

Hong Kong protesters set sights on global problems

Written by Niv Horesh. Complaints about the supposed political apathy of today’s students are not uncommon among middle-aged professors. Historian Mark Lilla diagnosed that apathy as a problem affecting not just American students, but even Chinese students born after 1989. For Lilla, trying to get across the heady political mood of the Cold War era …

Beijing face to face with universal suffrage promise

Written by Surya Deva. After days on the streets, thousands of Hong Kong residents are still occupying several major streets of their city. Already nicknamed as the “umbrella movement” because of protesters’ use of umbrellas to shield against the police’s pepper spray, this is the fruit of indifference from both Beijing and the local government …