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Sunflowers and Umbrellas: Social Movements, Expressive Practices, and Political Culture in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Conference/Symposium | March 16 | 9 a.m.-7:45 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

March 16, 9:00 am - 7:45 pm, 180 Doe Library
March 17, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, 1995, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), University Avenue, Suite 510

This two-day symposium (with a screening of the film "Yellowing" on Day 2) 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?, 510-642-2809