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Mazzeo, Eva (2021) 'The 'Hong Kong Factor': Preliminary Research on Social Media Discourses during Taiwan 2020 Presidential Election Campaign.' The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, 13 (2019/2020). pp. 124-140.

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Abstract

As unrest erupted in Hong Kong in June 2019, the political scenario in Taiwan started to change as well. The aim of this preliminary research is to explore the changes that have occurred on Tsai Ing-wen and Han Kuo-yu discourses on social media after the beginning of the protests in Hong Kong and throughout the 2020 presidential election campaign in Taiwan. The main argument of the article is that the “Hong Kong factor” became a popular issue in the Taiwanese context to the extent that it influenced the narrative of both the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Kuomintang (KMT). In order to prove this claim, the article analyses the posts on Facebook of Tsai Ing-wen and Han Kuo-yu shared between June 2019 and January 2020, and it seeks to reveal the discourse strategies they put into practice when talking about the Hong Kong situation and comparing it with the one in Taiwan. Although some early conclusions are reached in this paper, the research is still preliminary due to the extensiveness of the topic investigated.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Taiwan; Hong Kong; Hong Kong factor; social media; political discourse analysis; Tsai Ing-wen; Han Kuo-yu; 2019 Hong Kong protests; Taiwan 2020 presidential election
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Doctoral School
SOAS Open Access Journals > The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research
ISSN: 25176226
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00035320
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2021 13:04
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/35320

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