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Challenging Hongkongization: the role of Taiwan's social movements and perceptions of post-handover Hong Kong

With Dr Malte Philipp Kaeding (Surrey University)

Series: Regional comparison: Taiwan and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective

Date: Monday 18 November 2013, 5pm-7pm

Venue: CLM.1.02, Clement House, London School of Economics (LSE)

Chair: Reverend John McNeil Scott (LSE Taiwan Research Programme)


In 2012 Hong Kong and Taiwan witnessed a series of anti-China protests against a massive influx of mainland Chinese coming to Hong Kong, and against Chinese influence in the Taiwanese media sector. This sudden rise in anti-Chinese sentiment in two of the most liberal and globalized societies in East Asia raised crucial questions about the on-going processes of interdependence and integration in the so-called Greater China region and Taiwan.

With the term ‘Hongkongization’ gaining prominence in Taiwan, this paper looks at the various perceptions of Hong Kong in Taiwan and poses the question: what can Taiwan learn from a careful analysis of developments in Hong Kong since 1997? Using opinion poll data, as well as in-depth interviews with political elites, student movement leaders, activists and scholars, this novel research project investigates how the mainland’s influence is already experienced today in Taiwan. The research illustrates how Taiwan is mirroring Hong Kong’s past experience, and seeks to analyse and revisit the concepts of ‘Hongkongization’ and ‘mainlandization’ through comparison. It hence provides a crucial piece of comparative research that contributes to a better understanding of both Taiwan’s and Hong Kong’s current development, and will benefit policy-makers and scholars alike.

About the speaker

Dr Malte Philipp Kaeding is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Surrey (UK). He received his PhD in the Department of Government and International Studies (GIS) at Hong Kong Baptist University. He holds a graduate degree (Magister) in Chinese Studies and Political Science from the University of Heidelberg/Germany.

He has published on electioneering and identity in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, and researches on identity politics, elections and democratization, social movements, and international politics, with a regional focus on East Asia and particularly the so-called Greater China area and Taiwan. In 2013 he was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) as the leader of the UK Parliamentary Staff and Young Scholars Delegation to Taiwan.

Dr Kaeding is also an Associate Fellow at the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at the University of Tübingen in Germany, and a member of the Hong Kong Transition Project, a longitudinal, multi-method project analysing political development in Hong Kong since the 1980s.

His full bio is available on the Surrey University website [External link].