'New Waves of Student Movement in East Asia: Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement and Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and the Changing Meaning of Anti-China Sentiments'
Abstract: 2014 can reasonably be considered a watershed year in the so-called Greater China region because of massive protests in Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. Taiwan's Sunflower and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement held the international public in their spell for weeks and shed light on their relations to China and its central government. This presentation analyses both movements in comparison focusing on connections and the question of why rising anti-China sentiments is increasingly translated into actions in the civil society. This research is based on long-term comparative fieldwork and extensive interviews with social movement leaders as well as politicians in both Hong Kong and Taiwan.
About the speaker: Dr Malte Philipp Kaeding is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Surrey (UK). He researches on identity politics, elections and democratisation, social movements with a regional focus on East Asia and particularly the so-called Greater China area and Taiwan. Malte is an Associate Fellow at the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at the University of Tübingen in Germany, and a member of the Hong Kong Transition Project (Hong Kong).
His full bio is available on the Surrey University website [http://www.surrey.ac.uk/politics/people/malte_kaeding/].