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Be Water: Hong Kong and Taiwan Protest Movements

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Monday, November 04, 2019
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Brian Hioe

Please join the Social Movements Lab for events on the recent Hong Kong and Taiwan protest movements.

The 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taiwan and Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong were both occupation-style movements that can be understood as part of the global wave of occupation-style movements after the 2011 Occupy Wall Street action. This is, to a large extent, reflected in their artistic production, much of which is centered around the space of the occupation itself. On the other hand, with recent protests in Hong Kong, which has not taken the form of an occupation, much artistic production takes place online and in digital spaces, or takes the form of temporary artworks in the cityscape in which there is little expectation that the artwork will survive destruction by the police. Does this shift reflect broader trends regarding East Asian protest movements in the past five years?

We'll have two linked events:

1) Mon. 11/4, 12pm-1pm - A "mapping" session (discussion of preparatory readings)

2) Wed. 11/6, 12pm-1pm - A dialogue with Brian Hioe (via video-call), an activist in the sunflower movement in Taiwan, and founder of an online journal ("new bloom") that is focusing on the political situation in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Suggested readings (in preparation for the mapping session on Mon.) are available here:

We will provide lunch for participants.

Contact: Eli Meyerhoff