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Student Activism in AsiaBetween Protest and Powerlessness$
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Meredith L. Weiss and Edward Aspinall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679683

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679683.001.0001

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Understanding Student Activism in Asia

(p.1) Introduction
Student Activism in Asia

Meredith L. Weiss

Edward Aspinall

Mark R. Thompson

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter presents historic examples of student protests to discuss the political activism of students in Northeast and Southeast Asia. Since World War II, students have become the vanguard of social movements, from the period when Chinese students fought for freedom in Tiananmen Square, to when Indonesian youth activists celebrated the downfall of the Soeharto dictatorship. However, despite the visibility of student protests in Asia, only few theoretical and comparative studies have been conducted to determine the impacts of student activism.

Keywords:   student protest, political activism, student activism, Tiananmen Square, Soeharto dictatorship

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