Introduction: Understanding Student Activism in Asia

Meredith Weiss, Edward Aspinall, Mark Thompson

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    This introductory chapter presents historic examples of student protests to discuss the political activism of students in Northeast and Southeast Asia. Since World War II, students have become the vanguard of social movements, from the period when Chinese students fought for freedom in Tiananmen Square, to when Indonesian youth activists celebrated the downfall of the Soeharto dictatorship. However, despite the visibility of student protests in Asia, only few theoretical and comparative studies have been conducted to determine the impacts of student activism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStudent Activism in Asia: Between Protest and Powerlessness
    Editors Merideth L Weiss & Edward Aspinall
    Place of PublicationMinneapolis USA
    PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
    ISBN (Print)9780816679683
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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