Tsai Says Social Movements Don't Run Countries, and She's Right

China Post, May 8, 2014 | Go to article overview

Tsai Says Social Movements Don't Run Countries, and She's Right


(ProQuest: [...] denotes non-USASCII text omitted)

Tsai Ing-wen, a favorite standard bearer of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2016, has rarely said things that are right. For once, however, she has. While some leaders in her party are eager to hitch the DPP's fortunes to the new activism carried on by the Sunflower Student Movement and the anti-nuclear civic movements in sympathy with Lin Yi-hsiung's hunger strike, she responded: "You can't run a country on a basis of social movements. You have to go back to politics."

It's a worthy answer to the skeptical question the London-based Economist magazine raised about Taiwan's future in an article titled "When the Wind Blows," pointing out that our future could be decided on the streets. The celebrated British journal comments in its latest issue that as for where Taiwan's politics will go after the successful social movements, "street protests are not only a hallmark but a deciding factor."

The British magazine is right about Taiwan's streets reflecting the widespread disillusions of its young generation toward the weakness of political institutions that are only further undermined by the renewed activism. To be exact, student activists are repeating the activism that the opposition party has perpetuated with an interruption between its Tangwai ([...] the Kuomintang) days in the 1970s and the eight years when it ruled Taiwan from 2000 to 2008. Tangwai leaders agitated to force President Chiang Ching-kuo to lift the ban on forming a new party besides the Kuomintang in 1987, but the DPP was inaugurated the year before, and Chiang did not try to disband it.

Activism can be a catalyst for change in politics, but it cannot decide how a country is to be ruled. Let's recall what happened with the "Occupy Movement." It was an international protest movement against social and economic inequality, the primary goal being to make the economic and political relations in all societies less vertical, less hierarchical and more flatly distributed. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Tsai Says Social Movements Don't Run Countries, and She's Right
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.