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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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Taiwan : Resisting Control of Campus and Polity

Taiwan : Resisting Control of Campus and Polity

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(p.101) 4 Taiwan : Resisting Control of Campus and Polity
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Student Activism in Asia
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Teresa Wright

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679683.003.0005

This chapter discusses the nature of student activism in Taiwan. Student activism in Taiwan had no significant leftist or developmentalist phase. Although student activists has identified themselves as a “pure” and “moral” force with a special and protected role as remonstrators of the polity, they were not at the forefront of the democracy movement. Taiwanese students only engaged in collective contention against the government in response to regime-initiated political liberalization, and other prodemocracy social forces. The student movement in Taiwan has been more focused on campus-level reform against China’s governing party, the Kuomintang.

Keywords:   developmentalist phase, student activism, democracy, Kuomintang, Taiwan

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