SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Roundtable on Taiwan’s Sunflower Social Movement: Causes, Strategies, Consequences and Comparisons

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Fan Yun (范雲), Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉), Chang Jung Che (張榮哲), Ketty Chen, Michael Cole, Ho Ming-sho (何明修), Jeng Hsiao-ta, Lorna Kung

Date: 18 June 2014Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 18 June 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Vernon Square Room: V211

Type of Event: Round Table

As part of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Summer School we will host a roundtable discussion on the Sunflower Social Movement. Taking place on 18 June at 2-6pm in V211, Vernon Square, the panel of scholars, scholar/activists and activists will discuss the movement’s root causes, strategies, and potential consequences. As many of the participants were also activists in Taiwan’s struggle for democratization in the 1980s and 1990s we will also discuss comparisons with earlier Taiwanese social movements.

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Roundtable on Taiwan's Sunflower Social Movement


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Photo credit: Michael Cole

Hosted by Dafydd Fell, Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies, confirmed participants include

  • Professor Fan Yun (范雲) (National Taiwan University)
  • Professor Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉) (Academia Sinica)
  • Chang Jung Che (張榮哲) (Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters)
  • Ketty Chen (The Association of Public Issues Studies, Taiwan)
  • Michael Cole (Nottingham)
  • Ho Ming-sho (何明修) (National Taiwan University)
  • Jeng Hsiao-ta (People's Democratic Front)
  • Lorna Kung (Undocumented Immigrants Union)

The event is part of the CTS Summer School Sessions. It is a free event but please register with Dr Chang Bi-yu at

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Photo credit: Hsiengo Huang (黃謙賢)

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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