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Take Back Our FutureAn Eventful Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement$
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Ching Kwan Lee and Ming Sing

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501740916

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501740916.001.0001

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Taiwan’s Sunflower Occupy Movement as a Transformative Resistance to the “China Factor”

Taiwan’s Sunflower Occupy Movement as a Transformative Resistance to the “China Factor”

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(p.215) 10 Taiwan’s Sunflower Occupy Movement as a Transformative Resistance to the “China Factor”
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Take Back Our Future
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Jieh-min Wu

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501740916.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the Sunflower Occupy Movement which broke out in March of 2014, shaking Taiwan's political landscape and its relations with China. The Sunflower Movement was a culmination of resistance to China's political influence and to the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government's democratic careening. It arose from a changing political atmosphere and a wave of interconnected social protests in preceding years. Ultimately, it was a rare transformative event in which powerful collective action ruptures the structures confining a country. “Structures” here refers to two kinds of structure that constrain the space of individual and collective action but also induce action within this space: the structure of political rules, and that of ideology. This popular upsurge brought about tremendous impact, not merely transforming the political landscape of Taiwan but also diverting the political direction of the country from the KMT's pro-China policy, thus interrupting the course of a decade-long Chinese Communist Party (CCP)–KMT cooperation.

Keywords:   Sunflower Occupy Movement, Taiwan, China, Chinese Nationalist Party, social protests, collective action, political rules, ideology, Chinese Communist Party, pro-China policy

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