Democracy in Action: Past and Present Movements

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June 28, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, Human Rights, Political Science, Political History / Studies

As democratic forces continue to face serious setbacks in Hong Kong and Myanmar, we look at these two protest movements and the new mechanisms of protest and mobilization against a previously successful movement in Taiwan. What lessons can be drawn from Taiwan’s transformation to an uninterrupted and unfettered democracy?

Leading experts on Hong Kong, Myanmar and Taiwan will discuss comparative demographics of the popular movements, grassroots strategies, traditional and new social media, and political mobilization.

The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.


Michael Hsiao, Chairman of Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation:

“Taiwan’s Democratic Legacy and Role of Dangwai Journal in Popular Mobilization”


Kharis Templeman, Program Manager, Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific, Stanford University:

“Changing Dynamics of the Democracy Movement in Hong Kong”


Christina Fink, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GWU:

“Understanding Myanmar’s Spring Revolution”


Syaru Shirley Lin, Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics, University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs


Deepa Ollapally, Research Professor of International Affairs & Associate Director of Sigur Center, GWU

The webinar begins at 8pm EDT on Monday / 8am in Taipei on Tuesday. Check your local time by selecting the event date and your time zone. Registered guests will receive an email with instructions for joining Webex prior to the event. Registration closes at 8pm EDT on June 27th, 24 hours before the event begins. Media inquiries must be sent to in advance. If you need specific accommodations, please contact with at least 3 business days' notice.

This event is on the record, open to the public, and will be recorded. Questions can be sent in advance to with subject "Democracy in Action"

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Rebecca Russell

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