Sunflowers and Umbrellas: Social Movements, Expressive Practices, and Political Culture in Taiwan and Hong Kong
Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 17 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, Suite 510
1995 University Ave , Berkeley, CA 94704
March 16, 9:00 am - 7:45 pm, 180 Doe Library
March 17, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510
This second day of the two-day symposium (Day 1 is held in 180 Doe Library) features a screening of the film "Yellowing" and a discussion with the filmmaker Tze-woon Chan. The symposium focuses on two important student-led protest movements that took place in 2014 in in Taiwan and Hong Kong, nicknamed Sunflowers and Umbrellas" respectively. The symposium will attempt to bring new angles to the comparison between Taiwan and Hong Kong, considering both events in a broader historical perspective, which may include student movements in Berkeley and France in 1968 or the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement. Speakers also seek to combine approaches from the social sciences and the humanities in studying social movements and political culture. Three main points of comparison will be examined. Were the two movements similar in the strategies they employed and their interaction with state institutions, society at large, and an increasingly global public? To what extent did the movements' spectacular expressive dimension shape their self-understanding and reception? To what extent did the performance of a variety of identity claims in the movements transform the political culture of Hong Kong and Taiwan?
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