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.
Tom Gold is Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was also Founding Director of the Berkeley China Initiative and Chair of the Center for Chinese Studies. He is the author of many works on mainland China and Taiwan, including State and Society in the Taiwan Miracle, and Social Connections in China: Institutions, Culture and the Changing Nature of Gaunxi (co-edited with Doug Guthrie and David Wank), and articles and book chapters on civil society in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Open to faculty, post-docs and graduate students. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org