Localizing Contentious Politics in Contemporary Southeast Asia and China

Conference: AAS-in-Asia2020 (AAS-in-Asia2020)
Title: Localizing Contentious Politics in Contemporary Southeast Asia and China
Stream: Political Sciences
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Authors:
Stephan Ortmann, City University of Hong Kon, Hong Kong (organizer, chair, presenter)
Andreas Buschmann, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States (presenter)
Yufei Du, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (presenter)
Kai Yang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (presenter)
Zi Zhu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (presenter, discussant)

Abstract:

While the ongoing protest in Hong Kong has attracted the world's attention, it is by no means the only place experiencing frequent forms of contention. In many ways, movements across the region and the globe have emerged which are driven by disaffection with the ability of governments to deal with growing social problems amid heightened expectations and the rise of social media. At the same time, however, the Hong Kong protest demonstrates many regional particularities that are often inadequately captured in the academic discourse on contentious politics. The panel deals with two issues that are of particular relevance in the Asian context. On the one hand, this is the role of an expansive and nationalistic China. On the other, the nature of strong states in Asia requires a different approach toward the question of repression and tolerance toward protests and non-governmental organizations as well as coalitions of activists. This raises the question to what extent activists can challenge authorities and eventually contest political power. In this context, the panelists will discuss four neglected cases of contentious politics which are found at the intersection between China and Southeast Asia.