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Asian protest movements navigate between an authoritarian past and a capitalist present.

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Can there be transnational solidarity between us in Taiwan and factory workers in China? Can we think beyond the Cold War framework, to the free people of Asia working towards democratic rule rather than domination by capitalism or imperialism or militarism?

East Asia analyst Brian Hioe reports on two mass protest movements in Asia - one environmental in Shanghai, one constitutional in Tokyo - and explores the challenges to social movements in a region of one-party governments, a political legacy of Cold War authoritarianism and the consuming force of trans-national capitalism.

Brian wrote the recent articles How Could A Demonstration of 50,000 in Shanghai Not Be Reported in International Media? and Article 9 and Japan’s Democratic Crisis for New Bloom.

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Brian Hioe is a writer and editor for New Bloom Magazine.

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