Posts Tagged ‘democracy’
Hong Kong’s young people may be getting more involved in politics and social movements but contrary to common perceptions, they are not all radical or pan-democratic. In fact, some of them are proud to call themselves pro-establishment and conservative although as Varsity discovers, they are not afraid to adopt to learn from some of the more outspoken ways of their pan-democratic counterparts.
As our society becomes more fractious and divided we ask whether the culture war has arrived in Hong Kong. In the United States, the term “culture war” is commonly used to refer to the ideological chasm between liberals and conservatives over a range of moral, cultural and political issues. In this issue of Periscope, we […]
For years, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement has concentrated its efforts on winning office through the ballot box. But more than 15 years since the handover, democratic reform in the city remains stalled. Increasingly, democrats are fed-up with trying to change the system through participating in it. As society debates plans to Occupy Central to, many have already taken their demands and protests out of the Legislative Council and onto the streets, organising campaigns of civil disobedience and seeking more radical means of resistance.
Taiwan’s cafes and bookstores host to a vibrant salon culture that played an important part in the island’s democracy and as Varsity discovers, continues to provide a platform for debate today.
Taiwan’s free-wheeling media is well-known for its dogged reporting of political scandals and celebrity gossip. The island’s media organisations are also known for their clear political stances. Most news outlets are identified as being either Blue or Green. Is there a way out of this stalemate?
From Varsity May 2010 Reporter: Margaret Ng Yee-man, Photos: Nicole Pun Democratic stalwart, dedicated educator, proud patriot – these are all terms that can be used to describe Szeto Wah, known affectionately as Wah Suk or Uncle Wah. At 79, and with late stage lung cancer, Szeto has had to slow down in recent months. […]