“Social Forces in the Re-Making of Cross-Strait Relations: Hegemony and Social Movements in Taiwan”. The event is hosted by the Centre of Taiwan Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Date: 8 December 2023, 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Venue: Main Building, SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG
Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)
About the book: The election of Ma Ying-jeou in the year 2008 appeared to herald a new era in China-Taiwan relations. Both sides signed several agreements, and economic as well as people-to-people exchanges increased sharply. This so-called cross-Strait rapprochement was brought to an abrupt halt by the Sunflower Movement, as hundreds of students and dozens of NGOs occupied Taiwan’s parliament in the spring of 2014 to prevent the ratification of a trade agreement between Taiwan and China. The book examines the protest cycle between 2008 and 2014 to understand how these groups refined their forms of organisation, cultivated forms of resistance and articulated competing visions for Taiwan’s future to successfully challenge the rapprochement.