Experiments with Truth: Analysis

A Taiwan where politics is cool

Over the final weekend in February, a crowd gathered in downtown Taipei for the third annual Gongsheng Music Festival, a combination of hip music and youthful political activism. Twenty-somethings distributed banners and stickers associated political causes ranging from opposition to nuclear power to advocacy for a free Tibet; student-run booths written offerings included odes to Taiwanese independence and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.

Each year since it happened, Taiwanese have in one way or another commemorated the 228 incident, an ill-fated Taiwanese insurrection on Feb. 28, 1947 against the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) government. What’s different this year, however, is a sense of political awakening among Taiwanese youth since the Sunflower Movement — a 20-day long student-led occupation of Taiwan’s legislature, in protest of a trade pact with Mainland China — which marks its one-year anniversary on March 18.

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