Rarely do acts of civil disobedience come in such grand fashion as Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. The two protests came in regions and jurisdictions that many have underestimated as regards furthering notions of political speech, democratisation, and testing the limits of authority. This book breaks down these two movements and explores their complex legal and political significance. The collection brings together some of Asia’s, and especially Taiwan and Hong Kong’s, most prolific writers, many of whom are internationally recognised experts in their respective fields, to address the legal and political significance of both movements, including the complex questions they posed as regards democracy, rule of law, authority, and freedom of speech. Given that occupational type protests have become a prominent method for protesters to make their cases to both citizens and governments, exploring the legalities of these significant protests and establishing best practices will be important to future movements, wherever they may transpire. With this in mind, the book does not stop at implications for Taiwan and Hong Kong, but talks about its subject matter from a comparative, international perspective.

chapter 0|12 pages


The Taiwan Sunflower Movement and the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

part 1|50 pages

The Taiwan Sunflower Movement

part 2|52 pages

The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

chapter 5|17 pages

Political protest in high-income societies

The case of the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong

part 3|74 pages

Comparative elements involving Taiwan and Hong Kong

chapter 7|10 pages

Unpopular sovereignty

Constitutional identity through the lens of the Sunflower and Umbrella Movements

chapter 8|17 pages

To punish or not to punish

The question of civil disobedience and the Umbrella Movement

chapter 9|17 pages

Dancing with the dragon

Closer economic integration with China and deteriorating democracy and rule of law in Taiwan and Hong Kong?

chapter 10|28 pages

A divided society

Chinese public opinion on resistance movements, democracy, and rule of law

part 4|42 pages

Wider perspectives on the movements

chapter 11|14 pages

Democratic political obligation with Chinese characteristics

Civic defiance in Taiwan and Hong Kong

chapter 12|26 pages

Democracy and constitutionalism in China’s shadow

Sunflowers in Taiwan and Umbrellas in Hong Kong