Chair: Jacques deLisle, Director, FPRI’s Asia Program
4:30 p.m. Seminar; 6:00 p.m. Dinner
For many years China has been successful at utilizing a variety of means (such as formal agreements, investments, preferential trade) to insert itself into the economies of Hong Kong and Taiwan. But 2014 has seen two major student-led social movements expressing dissatisfaction with various aspects of these arrangements. This talk will situate The Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong and the Sunflower movement in Taiwan in the context of China’s deepening penetration of the economies, societies and political systems of those two societies.
Thomas B. Gold is Professor of Sociology at the University of California. Since 2000, he has also served as Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP), a consortium of 14 American universities which administers an advanced Chinese language program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. At Berkeley he has also served as Associate Dean of International and Area Studies, Founding Director of the Berkeley China Initiative, and Chair of the Center for Chinese Studies. His forthcoming book, Remaking Taiwan: Society and the State Since the End of Martial Law, traces the changes in Taiwan society since the end of Martial Law in 1987.
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