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[UPDATED] Taiwan’s Sunflower Student Movement

[UPDATED] Taiwan’s Sunflower Student Movement

As the events of the Sunflower Student Movement unfold in Taiwan, we’ve compiled what we hope to be a comprehensive resource of up-to-date articles, analysis, live feeds, social media, and photos and footage of the protests. We know there are numerous other sources out there, so feel free to send us whatever you may find. Please continue checking back as the events of the movement unfold and as this list is continuously updated!

LAST UPDATED: 4/9/2014 11:18AM PST





  • BLOGS, OPINIONS, AND ANALYSIS (organized in alphabetical order by publication)
    • “Protests In Taiwan: A Long-Term Threat To Foreign Trade?”, Forbes
    • “How new media allowed young Taiwanese protesters to reach the world faster”, Foreign Policy
    • “Taiwan, between democracy and China, and in a hard place”, Fortune Magazine
    • Analysis of state coercive power and non-violent protest, Frozen Garlic
  • NEWS ARTICLES (organized in alphabetical order by publication)
    • “Clashes as Taiwan students storm government HQ”, BBC News
    • “Mass protest held in Taiwan over against China trade deal”, BBC News
    • “Taiwan Students Occupy Legislature Over China Pact”, Bloomberg News
    • “Taiwan Protest Draws More than 100,000 Against China Trade Deal”, Bloomberg News
    • “Taiwan’s Ma Offers to Meet Student Leaders as Dispute Continues”, Bloomberg BusinessWeek
    • “For Taiwan’s Embattled President, Awkward Similarities”, Bloomberg BusinessWeek
    • “Taiwan Legislature occupiers’ ultimatum passes without response from government”, CNN
    • “Taiwan police clash with students in protests over trade deal”, CNN
    • “Manning the trade barriers”, The Economist
    • “On the antlers of a dilemma”, The Economist
    • “Taiwan stands behind use of force against protesters”, New York Times
    • “Large Crowds Fill Taipei Streets in Protest Over China Trade Bill”, New York Times
    • “Criticism, and Rare Words of Support, as China Watches Taiwan Protests”, New York Times
    • “Could Taiwan be the next Crimea?” Slate
    • “Hong Kong students join Taiwan sit-in”, South China Morning Post
    • “US committee urges support for Taiwan”, Taipei Times
    • “Lee Teng-hui supports students, constitutional conference”, Taiwan News
    • “The ‘Battle of Taipei’ Shows Just How Wary of China Young Taiwanese Are”, TIME
    • “Thousands in Taiwan protest China trade deal”, USA Today
    • “Taiwan’s ‘Sunflower Revolution’ Assaulted by Riot Police”, Vice News
    • “Taiwan Protesters Occupy Legislature Over China Trade Pact”, Voice of America
    • “Students Occupy Taiwan’s Legislature to Protest China Pact”, Photos, Wall Street Journal
    • “Taiwan Police Evict Protesters From Cabinet Building”, Wall Street Journal
    • “Taiwan Student Protesters Urge Island-Wide Strike”, Wall Street Journal
    • “Young Protesters Shaking Up Taiwan’s China Policy”, Wall Street Journal
    • “China trade pact foes occupy Taiwanese legislature”, Washington  Post
    • “TKACIK: Taiwan Struggles in China’s Trade Grip”, Washington Times
    • 3/29 Full text of President Ma’s press conference in response to the students’ demands


GLO Leadership Conference Spring 2014 at UCLA

GLO Leadership Conference Spring 2014 at UCLA

The Global Leadership Organization (GLO), in partnership with the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL), is hosting its next leadership conference on the west coast at UCLA.

Dates: Friday, April 25, 2014 – Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 6pm (Registration begins)
Location: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Address: Los Angeles, CA
Facebook event page:

Global Leadership Organization (GLO) enhances the world by providing passionate individuals with tangible skills to become leaders in all facets of our global society. We inspire people to become “Social Transformative Leaders,” train them, and empower them to be change agents. We believe that with skills and the right attitude, people can drive tangible results, enact positive change in our world, and leave legacies that transcend our individual lives.

Global Leadership Organization plans and executes leadership conferences, camps, and trainings through the world.
Conferences: Our flagship conferences are 3-4 days with intense training. We teach our curriculum mostly in small group settings to ensure attendees get individual attention and training. Through mock scenarios, attendees immediately put their newly learned methods, techniques, and systems into practice in mock scenarios and intensive activities.
Summits: We organize summits where attendees of our training programs compete in small group teams. Our summits attract leaders, where groups are assigned social-improvement projects. They have 1-2 days to dissect topics (like world hunger, social stratification, etc) and utilize our structured systems to come up with solutions to those social issues.
Chapters: G.L.O. has chapters in high schools and colleges with mentorship programs, trainings, and leadership opportunities.
Certification: G.L.O. provides certification to attendees who complete various levels of our training program, including those who are certified to become trainers.

Registration cost (Students/Professionals) (Required at the time of registration):
Early 4/11: $59/79
Regular 4/20: $79/$99

To apply for the Spring 2014 Leadership Conference at UCLA, fill out this form: Register early, as the demand for this conference is high and space is limited! While payment is required at the time of registration, if we are unable to accommodate you for any reason, we will give you a full and complete refund.

View our website for more information.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Director Michael Lau at Hope to see you there!

Global Leadership Organization was founded in 2012 by Teddy Liaw. In partnership with the Taiwanese American Citizens League, which Teddy was the National President of in 2012, G.L.O. launched its first leadership conference at UC Berkeley. Attendees from over 30 organizations and 8 states attended. Within a year, conferences at Columbia University and UT Austin were launched. Shortly thereafter, the program was international with a conference in Taiwan. The manifestation of G.L.O. started much earlier as the core curriculum was designed by Teddy Liaw over 15 years and had been taught in isolated modules for years. Teddy formerly was a motivational speaker and frequently toured at high school assemblies and conferences, and had served in leadership roles at several organizations, including CEO at NexRep, National President of TACL, Founder and President of TAP, student body President of UC Berkeley, Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees, and Founder and President of AAA-Berkeley. Through skills, G.L.O. hopes to help create youth leadership movements throughout the world, create social advocates, and empower “Social Transformative Leaders” to make the world a better place. Today, G.L.O has spread its training to students and adults throughout the world, impacting many nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

North America Taiwanese Women’s Association National Convention in New Orleans

North America Taiwanese Women’s Association National Convention in New Orleans

Join the North America Taiwanese Women’s Association II (NATWAII) at the 2014 NATWA 北美洲臺灣婦女會 Convention in New Orleans, LA! The annual gathering brings together hundreds of Taiwanese Americans and Canadians from the 1st through 3rd generations in support of women’s issues.

Dates: Friday, April 18, 2014 – Sunday, April 20, 2014
Location: Hilton New Orleans Airport
Address: 901 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA

Convention registration forms are available at: NATWA Newsletter and Registration Form
(Note that there is a late charge for forms postmarked after March 17, 2014)

Travel scholarships are available for those in need:
(Due March 9, 2014)

Note that there are separate tracks/schedules for the 1st and 2nd/3rd generations. The NATWA II students and young professionals English-speaking program will be available shortly.

Feel free to contact for more information and questions.

The purpose of NATWA II is three-fold:
(1) to establish a network consisting of 1.5- and 2nd-generation Taiwanese American and Canadian women
(2) to cultivate and promote talents among young Taiwanese American and Canadian women
(3) to preserve Taiwanese culture and promote Taiwanese American and Canadian identity.

2014 DESIGNING TAIWAN: Taiwanese American Heritage Week Contest

2014 DESIGNING TAIWAN: Taiwanese American Heritage Week Contest

Calling all artists, designers, photographers and anyone creative who loves Taiwan!

Family, friends, language, beef noodle soup, shaved ice, bubble tea, Taipei 101, night markets, Taroko Gorge—what does being “Taiwanese American” mean to you?

For Taiwanese American Heritage Week this May 2014, FAPA [Formosan Association for Public Affairs] and are proud to present DESIGNING TAIWAN, a competition that translates creative talent into a celebration of the rich and diverse culture that we all love.

WHAT: Design a poster that celebrates Taiwanese American heritage or community and/or expresses love and pride in being Taiwanese American. Any combination of visuals, infographics and text can be used, and the interpretation can be as broad or as personal as you desire. Submissions will be judged blindly by a panel of representatives from different Taiwanese American organizations and based on 1) Quality of design 2) Reference to Taiwanese American themes 3) Ability of Design and Theme to provoke Engagement or Discussion.

WIN: The winner will receive a $1,000 Grand Prize, and one finalist will be awarded a $500 prize. A separate Youth Category prize of $100 will also awarded to one contestant under 13 years of age. The Grand Prize design will be made into a poster to be distributed and displayed in both physical and digital formats across the country during Taiwanese American Heritage Week in May 2014. The winning design(s) will also be displayed on, along with feature profiles of the winners.

WHO: United States citizens or residents, including international students or working professionals.

HOW: Fill out the Contest Entry Form and email the design submission to with “Designing Taiwan” in the subject title.* Design submission must be 8.5in wide x 11in high. No entry will be accepted without completed entry form. Images should be 300 dpi and CMYK color mode. One entry per individual. Entrants under 13 years of age must have a parent submit the entry on his/her behalf.

WHEN: Submissions must be received by April 15, 2014. Winners will be announced by April 25th.


Good luck!

*Submitting any work to FAPA gives FAPA and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, edit, display and all rights under all applicable copyright laws. Submitting any work to FAPA also confirms that you represent and warrant that the submission does not infringe on the copyright, privacy or other rights of another party.

Apply to the 2014 Formosa Foundation Ambassador Program

Apply to the 2014 Formosa Foundation Ambassador Program

The Formosa Foundation offers three factors critical to social movements: political opportunity, organizational capacity and framing ability. Through its Ambassador Program the Foundation offers the best hands-on training for students to develop grassroots and campaign skills and to become leaders.

The Ambassador Program combines in-house training with on-the-ground activist work. Participants in the Program develop the expertise, analytical framework, and network they need to effectively promote Taiwan. Up-and-coming activists can learn about the issues affecting Taiwan first-hand.

The 2014 Ambassador Program will take place in Washington D.C. June 16-27

Download the U.S. announcement and Taiwan announcement. The Formosa Foundation will provide for participants’ training, workshops and lodging for the duration of the Program. Participants are responsible for their own meals and travel expenses.

Applications for the 2014 Ambassador Program are now available online. Application deadline is April 11, 2014. Visit the Formosan Foundation website for more info and to download applications:

The Formosa Foundation seeks to preserve the American values of democracy and human rights through broadened involvement of future leaders in the making of U.S. policy. The Ambassador Program uses U.S. foreign policies on Taiwan and China as case studies to provide participants with opportunities to:

- Understand the intricacies of U.S. foreign policy making and its impact;
- Gain insight from experienced professionals on the art of advocacy;
- Acquire skills to effectively present views to policy makers, media and the public.

The Ambassador Program is a unique training program of its kind. We recruit students from the United States and Taiwan, who will work together to help develop a closer relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan. The Program provides opportunities to meet with United States Congressmen and Senators to discuss U.S. policies toward Taiwan.

The Ambassador Program has demonstrated results from participants that extends beyond the two-week program. The Program prepares tomorrow’s leaders towards building a pro-Taiwan community on and beyond the college campus. These congressional visits put Taiwan on the forefront of America’s political agenda, and change the hearts and minds of American policy makers about Taiwan.

The Program is designed primarily for recent college graduate or current college and/or graduate students who support the advancement of human rights, democracy and the right of self-determination for the people of Taiwan. Selection criteria include academic excellence, extracurricular activities, participation in community affairs, and interest in promoting U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Up to 30 applicants will be selected for the 2014 Program, including up to 8 to be recruited from Taiwan and outside of the U.S. Applicant can be US and Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or Taiwanese national. Those selected as 2014 Ambassadors will be notified April 30, 2014.

Commemorate 228 with Art and Film: Victoria Linchong’s “Almost Home”

Commemorate 228 with Art and Film: Victoria Linchong’s “Almost Home”

Date: Sunday, March 2, 2014 – Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 5:30pm
Facebook event page:

Filmmaker Victoria Linchong presents a fine cut of her documentary film “Almost Home: Taiwan” and the opening of Art for a Free Taiwan. Commemorate the 67th anniversary of the 228 Uprising (and find out all about it if you already don’t know)! has been proud to support this project since its inception, and we’re pleased to see how far it has come!

Coming to THREE CITIES this spring:

Sunday, March 2 – NYC
Location: Clemente Soto Velez
Address: 106 Suffolk, New York, NY (in the LES)
Time: TWO SCREENINGS at 5:45pm and 7:30pm
Art for a Free Taiwan at the LES Gallery on the ground floor from 6-8pm (free)
Limited number of seats! Get tickets here:

Seeing the 5:45pm show? Stay afterwards for drinks and discussion at the Art for a Free Taiwan exhibit!
See the 7:45pm show? Come early for drinks and discussion at the Art for a Free Taiwan exhibit!

Saturday, March 8 – Cambridge, MA
Location: Dwelltime
Address: 346 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Time: Art for a Free Taiwan opening 4:00 to 6:00pm

Sunday, March 9 – Cambridge, MA
Location: The Lilypad at Inman Square
Address: 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA
Time: Screening at 6:00pm
Limited number of seats! Get tickets here:

Sunday, March 23 – San Francisco
Location: Fort Mason Center
Address: 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Time: TBA
Tickets on sale March 1

ALMOST HOME: TAIWAN is a feature documentary by Victoria Linchong that reveals the untold story of Taiwan’s struggle for democracy through a family road-trip back home. In the documentary, filmmaker Victoria Linchong returns to Taiwan with her family, searching for long-lost connections and becoming re-acquainted with the unique culture of the island and its wild beauty. Bridging the deeply personal and globally political, Almost Home: Taiwan clarifies the controversies surrounding Taiwan, while introducing viewers to raucous night markets, aboriginal festivals, sacred trees and kissing fish.

This is a sneak preview of the fine cut of the film. Very limited seats are available!

Apply for the TACL 2014 Political Internship

Apply for the TACL 2014 Political Internship

Dates: Saturday, June 7, 2014 – Saturday, August 2, 2014

The 2014 TACL Political Internship Program is now accepting applications! This 8-week summer internship program for college students, held June 7 to August 2, will have positions available in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Regional Application Deadlines:
Washington, D.C. – Sunday, March 2, 2014
Los Angeles – Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) Summer Internship Program, established in 1992, was formed to infuse the Taiwanese American community with a greater understanding of the political system through placement of college level students in offices of local, state, and national public officials. This allows Taiwanese Americans to be better recognized as a developed community with a voice. TACL’s primary mission is to promote Taiwanese culture, heritage and identity as well as involvement in American society.

Interns experience first hand how the political system works and observe and participate in the formation of policies, both domestic and foreign. Political interns will be assigned to offices located in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. In addition to working in their offices, interns visit top legislators in an intense lobbying trip, attend community events, participate in leadership development workshops, and various other activities.

TACL interns gain invaluable skills and access to a network of TACL alumni through our mentorship program. Alumni of the TACL Political Internship Program have gone on to become elected officials, Congressional Staffers, State and Local level government staffers, local business leaders and students in top graduate school programs.

List of recent participating political offices:
• John Chiang, CA State Controller
• Member Barbara Boxer, US Senator
• Howard Berman, US Representative
• Judy Chu, US Representative
• Lucille Roybal-Allard, US Representative
• Edward Royce, US Representative
• Adam Schiff, US Representative
• Diane Watson, US Representative
• Gilbert Cedillo, California Senator
• Mike Eng, CA Assemblymember

Interns need not be of Taiwanese heritage, however a vested interest in Taiwanese American issues must be demonstrated.

For more information and to apply, visit:

ITASA 2014 Alumni Events at Yale

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Yale University
Address: New Haven, CT
Facebook event page:

After having a fantastic round of events last year in New York, Ohio and Los Angeles, we’re back again to present you with more Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association (ITASA) Alumni events! This year’s East Coast Conference will be at Yale University and we have planned several events for everyone to join in on and continue “Rekindling the Spirit” as ITASA enters it’s 21st year.

Make sure you RSVP on the Facebook event page to keep in touch about event details. Also, if you plan on joining fellow alums at the banquet, you must buy your ticket BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 on Eventbrite:

If you received this e-mail from another person and want to join the ITASA Alumni Mailing List, you can do so here:

Event Schedule:
Alumni Mixer at BAR / 12:00 PM
National Board Meet & Greet at Yale University / 2:30-3:30 PM
2014 East Coast Conference Banquet at Yale University (Commons Dining Hall) / 5:00-7:00 PM

GLO Leadership Conference Winter 2014 in Boston, MA

Dates: Friday, January 31, 2014 – Sunday, February 2, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Boston University
Address: One Silber Way, Boston, MA
Facebook event page:

In partnership with the Taiwanese American Citizens League, the GLO (Global Leadership Organization) Leadership Conference is designed specifically to congregate college students and young professionals with a proven track record of service and leadership for the community, enhance their skill sets to be more effective, and use this training platform to transform the community.

Attendees will partake in an intensive curriculum that focuses on 4 key skills: PROJECT management, MEETING management, PEOPLE management and COMMUNICATION.

To learn more about us, please visit:

Regular Registration deadline: 1/19
Price: Students: $100, Professionals: $130

Registration Form:

PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT: We are happy to offer a 10% discount on your registration payment if you “Like” our Facebook page. We will verify that you have liked our page and send you the adjusted payment option at the time of your acceptance. Like the Facebook page at:

Call for Papers – North American Taiwan Studies Association 20th Anniversary Conference

Call for Papers – North American Taiwan Studies Association 20th Anniversary Conference

Hello Taiwan Scholars! Take part in NATSA’s 20th anniversary conference taking place in June 2014.

Main theme: The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward.

Deadlines and Dates at a Glance:

January 10, 2014: Individual Paper and Panel Proposal Submissions Due
January 10, 2014: Polished Drafts Due (only for our Publication Peer Review Option)
March 7, 2014: Notification of Acceptances
May 11, 2014: Submission Deadline for Full, Final Conference Draft of All Papers
June 20-21, 2014: 20th Anniversary Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison!

Submit your abstract now! Read more here:

From the NATSA website:

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA), we invite paper proposals from scholars in the humanities and social sciences for our June 20-21 anniversary conference to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sponsored by Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History and Institute of Sociology and by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s East Asian Legal Studies Center and Center for East Asian Studies, the theme for our 2014 conference will be “The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” We are calling for papers on the main theme or any of our seven sub-themes from a broad range of social science and humanities disciplines. We are especially excited to offer a new Publication Peer-Review Option to participating junior scholars who may be interested in honing their original articles on Taiwan for publication.

In German, “zeitgeist” means something along the lines of time’s ghost or spirit. By using “zeitgeists” in the plural form for this year’s conference theme, however, we suggest that these feelings are particular not only to different historical ages, but also to different people within the same period.

In this way, while zeitgeists may parallel Raymond Williams’ “structure of feelings” concept, we also aim to push beyond it by paying attention to people’s agency and the interactive relationships among different “zeitgeists” under the same “age.” Time, in this sense, is infused with the social and tied directly to the very people, their political and economic decisions, and their works of art and literature that we study. Zeitgeists are time infused with the social, the philosophical, and the political.

We therefore call for papers that pay attention to the multiple, complex ties between people and their actions on the one hand, and time or times on the other. Though time is often thought of as the disciplinary turf of History or Archaeology, here we solicit new ways of addressing time from a wide variety of disciplines and from across disciplinary boundaries as well. Submissions might incorporate questions of time into, for instance, the policy choices that government and civil society face in the context of Taiwan’s democratic transition, its demographic changes, its shifting international identity and foreign policy, its increasing role in addressing global issues, and its adjustments to changes in trade and security relations in its neighborhood. More broadly, we welcome papers dealing with time both synchronically and diachronically, with Taiwan by itself or in comparison to other places in East Asia, Southeast Asia, or elsewhere at similar times.