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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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China: Regime Shakers and Regime Supprters

China: Regime Shakers and Regime Supprters

(p.33) 1 China: Regime Shakers and Regime Supprters
Student Activism in Asia

Teresa Wright

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses political activism of Chinese students from 1911–1990. In the twentieth century, China shifted from a “Republican” government (1911–49), to radical Maoist rule (1949–76), to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) governance (1976–90). During this time, student activists have radically challenged the ruling regime and agitated the government for political reform. They were at the forefront of political activism, cognizant that their special status gave them greater protection from official repression. However, the existence of autonomous social groups and organizations diminished the degree to which students played a vanguard activist role.

Keywords:   political activism, Republican government, Maoist rule, Chinese Communist Party, Student activists

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