Place, Identity, and Social Movements: Shequ and Neighborhood Organizing in Taipei City

Place, Identity, and Social Movements: Shequ and Neighborhood Organizing in Taipei City positions 13:2 © 2005 by Duke University Press positions 13:2 Fall 2005 residents of the area showed up. Seeing the strong opposition, the department director declared that the plan would be reexamined and promised that in the meantime construction and demolition would be suspended. The college student was Chen Hsin-yi, a twenty-one-year-old Taiwan University economics major.1 The park was called Yungkang (literally, “well-being forever”), after the street that bordered it to the west, and the area is also called the Yungkang community by the locals (see fig. 1). Nicknamed the tree-preservation (baoshu) movement (for the park’s more than forty banyan trees) by the area’s residents, this accidental mobilization initiated a process of community reconstruction in one small southern Taipei neighborhood. In less than a month, the group (now named Friends of Yungkang Park) called a community meeting to discuss renovating sections of the park that had already been destroyed by the road construction. After the group set forth its preliminary plan, however, the residents of the area were soon divided over how a section of road that bordered the park to the east should be used. The group staged a referendum, albeit a nonbinding one, in August. Hailed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Place, Identity, and Social Movements: Shequ and Neighborhood Organizing in Taipei City

positions asia critique, Volume 13 (2) – Sep 1, 2005

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2005 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
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10.1215/10679847-13-2-379
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positions 13:2 © 2005 by Duke University Press positions 13:2 Fall 2005 residents of the area showed up. Seeing the strong opposition, the department director declared that the plan would be reexamined and promised that in the meantime construction and demolition would be suspended. The college student was Chen Hsin-yi, a twenty-one-year-old Taiwan University economics major.1 The park was called Yungkang (literally, “well-being forever”), after the street that bordered it to the west, and the area is also called the Yungkang community by the locals (see fig. 1). Nicknamed the tree-preservation (baoshu) movement (for the park’s more than forty banyan trees) by the area’s residents, this accidental mobilization initiated a process of community reconstruction in one small southern Taipei neighborhood. In less than a month, the group (now named Friends of Yungkang Park) called a community meeting to discuss renovating sections of the park that had already been destroyed by the road construction. After the group set forth its preliminary plan, however, the residents of the area were soon divided over how a section of road that bordered the park to the east should be used. The group staged a referendum, albeit a nonbinding one, in August. Hailed

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