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Challenging Beijing's Mandate of Heaven: Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement by Ming-sho Ho (review)

Challenging Beijing's Mandate of Heaven: Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong... 212 China Review International: Vol. 24, No. 3, 2017 Yinni Peng Yinni Peng is an associate professor of sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University specializing in studies of gender, family, migration, and social media. Ming-sho Ho. Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heaven: Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2019. xvi, 269 pp. Paperback $39.95, ISBN 978-1-4399-1707-7. How do we draw general lessons from exceptional historical events? This question is implicitly at the heart of Ming-sho Ho’s path-breaking comparative study of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, one of the first book-length projects of its kind since the tumultuous months of 2014. Brimming with rich empirical insights and ethnographic detail, the book takes a comparative angle to analyzing the “origins, processes, and outcomes” (p. 3) of the two movements, while seriously engaging with the broader literature of social movement theory. Ho sets out to address six puzzles in this book (pp. 8–10): 1. How radical movements emerged in seemingly conservative Confucian societies; 2. How both movements materialized not because of apparent political opportunities, but rather due to perceived threats; 3. How both movements were led by inexperienced student leaders; 4. How material resources http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Challenging Beijing's Mandate of Heaven: Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement by Ming-sho Ho (review)

China Review International , Volume 24 (3) – Aug 15, 2019

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Abstract

212 China Review International: Vol. 24, No. 3, 2017 Yinni Peng Yinni Peng is an associate professor of sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University specializing in studies of gender, family, migration, and social media. Ming-sho Ho. Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heaven: Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2019. xvi, 269 pp. Paperback $39.95, ISBN 978-1-4399-1707-7. How do we draw general lessons from exceptional historical events? This question is implicitly at the heart of Ming-sho Ho’s path-breaking comparative study of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, one of the first book-length projects of its kind since the tumultuous months of 2014. Brimming with rich empirical insights and ethnographic detail, the book takes a comparative angle to analyzing the “origins, processes, and outcomes” (p. 3) of the two movements, while seriously engaging with the broader literature of social movement theory. Ho sets out to address six puzzles in this book (pp. 8–10): 1. How radical movements emerged in seemingly conservative Confucian societies; 2. How both movements materialized not because of apparent political opportunities, but rather due to perceived threats; 3. How both movements were led by inexperienced student leaders; 4. How material resources

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Published: Aug 15, 2019

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