By J. Michael Cole

Lengthy sooner than the student-led Sunflower stream stormed the legislature in Taipei on March 18, 2014, sparking the main critical political predicament in Taiwan’s glossy background, journalist J. Michael Cole was once chronicling the increase of civic activism during this younger democracy and caution us of the arrival issues. during this long-awaited choice of essays, the writer takes us to the center of this notable recrudescence of activism and exhibits that there has been not anything ‘spontaneous’ concerning the Sunflower circulate. With on-site observations and specific entry to the protagonists, Black Island brings you to the frontlines of civil unrest—the police shields, pro-Beijing gangsters, sufferers of injustice, callous executive officers and the idealists who're combating back—and explains why the increase of civil society will switch the face of politics in Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait for future years.

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However, treating "local" protests as if they had no relationship with the larger context of cross-strait relations is shortsighted, as the two are, in fact, closely related. After aIl, how can we expect this government to have Taiwan' s best interests at heart in its negotiations with Chinawhen its officiaIs cannot even play fair with their own citizens? How can, say, Vice President Wu Den-yih, who many believe has his mind set on a presidential bid in 2016, be a credible candidate when he has repeatedly given us proof that he is fully deserving of the unflattering nickname (hint: it rhymes with "friar") that Taiwanese have given him?

MICHAEL COLE journalists jumped into taxis and headed for the Ministry of Health and Welfare, where President Ma and Premier Jiang were scheduled to attend a ceremony making the creation of the new ministry. 1 had since learned a few extra details about the protest that had taken place in front of the Presidential Office on July 18, the day of the demolitions in Oapu. 0. Those who refused were immediately taken away and detained for as many as three hours. " Combined with the growing number of plainclothes and other unmarked law enforcement officiaIs who are present - during protests, such developments raise serious questions about the state of affairs in Taiwan.

But -there is no doubt in the public' s mind that those young activists, whose ranks are steadily growing, are on the side of virtuel enduring injury, fatigue, ridicule and threats from the courts in their battle to prove that 2+2 isn' t five, as our increasingly Orwellian government wants us to believe, but indeed four. 1/ 1/ July 2013 'Today Dapu, tomorrow the government' Eight years ago when 1 relocated to Taiwan, it never occurred to me that 1 would one day be covering actions by people in this young democracy that more and more have the characteristics of guerrilla warfare.

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