|Date||16 February 2017 (Thursday)|
|Time||6:30 - 8:30pm|
|Venue||Eminence Galaxy – Alumni Function Room, 11/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU|
Successes and Failures of Taiwanese Democracy and Its Meaning
Prof. Jiang Yi-Huah 江宜樺教授
of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
City University of Hong Kong
Former Premier of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Taiwan is the only democracy in the Chinese world. In the process of democratization, Taiwan successfully realizes the democratic transition of an authoritarian regime, fair elections and peaceful change of powers, and the formation of a viable civil society, for which it is highly accredited by the international community. Nevertheless, Taiwanese democracy is also tainted by a serious divide of national identity, relentless partisan politics, disfunction of government, disrespect of the law, and notorious manipulation of mass media. The shortcomings of Taiwanese democracy is so appalling that more and more people become suspicious of the desirability of democracy in general, and the feasibility of democracy for the Chinese people in particular.
Like it or not, Taiwanese democracy deserves a careful analysis, both in terms of its strengths and weaknesses. The story of Taiwanese democracy will not only affect China's strategic choice of political reform in the future, but also bear significantly on the uncertain prospect of democracy in Hong Kong. It is therefore something worthy of attention and reflection among people who care the future of the Chinese world.