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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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The Philippines: Students, Activists, and Communists in Movement Politics

The Philippines: Students, Activists, and Communists in Movement Politics

(p.259) 10 The Philippines: Students, Activists, and Communists in Movement Politics
Student Activism in Asia

Meredith L. Weiss

Patricio N. Abinales

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the nature of student activism in the Philippines. Filipino activists considered the struggles for student rights and welfare or campus democratization as battles for the benefit of the student masses and also an opportunity to propel to national office. The chapter examines the two conjunctures in postwar Philippine history when student protest reached high numbers and spread across the nation—the period during the First Quarter Storm (FQS) of the 1970s and the period between 1977 and 1980, when a state-mandated increase in tuition fees led to massive boycotts.

Keywords:   student activism, First Quarter Storm, postwar Philippine history, campus democratization, student rights

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