Taiwan-Hong Kong (dis)connection: physical and digital social movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan


The Sunflower Movement in Taiwan and the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong in 2014 have often been regarded as the beginning of Taiwan-Hong Kong connection. The demands targeting China’s influence and tactics of occupation certainly echoed each other’s movement. Meanwhile, it was not just physical mobilisation that illustrates the connection of the two places, the digital dimension of online organisation and formation of public opinion and discourse became increasingly important as China cracked down on their interactions. The Connection came to a climax just before the covid pandemic started in late 2019 and early 2020. The Anti-Extradition Movement in Hong Kong had significant impact on Taiwanese society, for instance the impact on Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election.​ ​However, the Hong Kong migrants to Taiwan also generated the contentious debate about the Asylum Law in Taiwan. This webinar will reflect on the decade of Taiwan-Hong Kong (dis)connection through the lens of these social movement events and their political consequences.

Panelists include:

  • Thomas B. Gold, University of California
  • Maggie Shum, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
  • Adrian Chiu, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
  • Malte Kaeding, University of Surrey

Chaired by:

  • Dr. Chun-yi Lee, Taiwan Studies Programme, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham

When: May 19, 2022; 17:30–19:00 (UK time)

Registration and more information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taiwan-hong-kong-disconnection-tickets-330507415577