Taiwan Research Hub

A Turbulent Decade: Revisiting the legacy of Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

Monday 18th March 2024 (17:00-19:00)
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Turbulent decade workshop 18 March 24 revised

 The University of Nottingham's Taiwan Research Hub and The Hong Kong Studies Hub at the University of Surrey presents a joint workshop

A Turbulent Decade: Revisiting the legacy of Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

with speakers 

Jiho Chih-Hao Chang, City Councilor at Keelung, Taiwan

Dr Heidi Wang-Kaeding, Keele University

Dr Malte Kaeding,University of Surrey

Dr Desmond Sham, University of Nottingham


Monday 18 March 2024, 5-7pm, 

Trent Building, Senate Chamber LG101, University Park

ROOM LOCATION CHANGED TO D10 Monica Partridge Building, University Park

In person Event 

Talk abstract 

In 2014 Taiwan and Hong Kong witnessed two transformative social movements. Taiwan's Sunflower Movement in March 2014 and the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong six months later, were spearheaded by students and motivated by growing concerns over the state of democracy in both societies as well as relations with China.The past ten years witnessed changes in lots of conditions. In Taiwan, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secured a third consecutive victory on presidential election in January 2024. In Hong Kong, the enactment of the National Security Law in 2020 saw strict limitations on freedoms. However, what remains the same is people's wishes to fight for their beliefs in democracy, whether they are in Taiwan, Hong Kong or anywhere in the world. This memorial joint workshop will review what happened in this past decade and provide timely insights to look forward

About the speakers

Jiho Chih-Hao Chang is a City Councilor at Keelung, Taiwan.  He is a former speechwriter for Taiwan President Tsai Ingwen (2015-2017), and former Taiwan Independence advocate and activist who took part in, among others, Wild Strawberry Movement (2008) and Sunflower Movement (2014).  He obtained his BA in Political Science from University of British Columbia, and MA from National Taiwan University.  He is a member of the Democratic Progressive Party. Jiho appeared in the hit documentary films ‘The Right Thing (2010)’ and ‘The Edge of Night (2018)’, both as himself.

Malte Philipp Kaeding is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Surrey. He is director of the award-winning documentary film Black Bauhinia, the co-founder of the Hong Kong Studies Association, and Director of the Hong Kong Studies Hub at the University of Surrey.  Heidi Wang-Kaeding is a Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University. Her research explores Chinese foreign policy, environmental foreign relations, and emotions in International Relations. She is the co-founder of the Hong Kong Studies Association and the author of China’s Environmental Foreign Relations (Routledge: 2021).  

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr Desmond Sham is an Assistant Professor in Cultural and Creative Industries at the Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies at the University of Nottingham. Prior to joining Nottingham in January 2024, Desmond worked as a researcher and educator in Singapore and Taiwan. He works on postcolonial studies, cultural heritage and memory, cultural and creative industries, and cultural identity, particularly in East and Southeast Asia and the Sinophone world.

Chaired by

Dr Chun-yi Lee, Taiwan Research Hub, University of Nottingham


Taiwan Research Hub

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD