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Where Have All the Sunflowers Gone? The New Wave of Civil Disobedience in Taiwan

For the past week, Taiwan has been gripped by protests ignited by the controversial bills pushed through by the pan-Blue majority in the Legislative Yuan. These demonstrations, which began before President Lai Ching-te’s inauguration, have been named the “Bluebird Movement” and compared to the Sunflower Movement, Taiwan’s major case of civil disobedience from a decade… Continue reading Where Have All the Sunflowers Gone? The New Wave of Civil Disobedience in Taiwan

Chiang Must Fall? Why Lai Ching-te Won’t Topple Chiang Kai-shek

In the run up to the inauguration of Taiwan’s incoming President Lai Ching-te on May 20, several English-language media outlets have picked up on a decades-long debate about what to do with the many Chiang Kai-shek statues scattered across the island. The specific issue concerned a question raised by a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator about the… Continue reading Chiang Must Fall? Why Lai Ching-te Won’t Topple Chiang Kai-shek

Balancing and partnering – Why we should pay attention to Taiwan’s vice-presidential candidates

Last November, adding further suspense to Taiwan’s gripping election campaigns, presidential candidates presented their running mates and registered as pairs with the national election authorities. The presidential candidates based their choices on very different considerations. Presidential front-runner Lai Ching-te (賴清德), from the incumbent Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was the first to reveal what many had… Continue reading Balancing and partnering – Why we should pay attention to Taiwan’s vice-presidential candidates

Is This the End of Ideology in Taiwanese Politics?

Ideology does not guide the 2024 presidential candidates’ policies on cross-strait and international relations. Yet party dynamics will inform how candidates would manage these relations if victorious. In Taiwan, three political parties have sent their aspirants into the race for the country’s top political job, the presidency. A fourth hopeful has promised he will meet… Continue reading Is This the End of Ideology in Taiwanese Politics?

Popular mayors and presidential races in Taiwan: A portrait of KMT ‎presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih

The Kuomintang has nominated popular New Taipei City mayor Hou Yu-ih as its official candidate for the presidential elections in 2024. Who is he and what are his chances? On May 17th, the standing committee of the Kuomintang (KMT) announced its official candidate for the 2024 presidential race. It went to Hou Yu-ih, who just… Continue reading Popular mayors and presidential races in Taiwan: A portrait of KMT ‎presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih

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