One of the founders of the “Occupy” movement, former Chinese University professor Chen Jianmin, said in a Facebook post that he had accepted an invitation from National Chengchi University in Taiwan to serve as a visiting professor for one year. Huang Houming, head of the Department of Sociology at National Chengchi University, also confirmed that Chen Jianmin had arrived in Taiwan on the 19th, and that he was currently in quarantine. Chen Jianmin replied to our inquiry, saying that he only wanted to teach and write properly, and would not accept any more interviews.
Taiwan’s Political Science University Sociology Department Chair Huang Hou-ming on his personal Facebook page on the 19th, former CUHK professor Chen Jianmin next academic year (September) will be a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology, Political Science University, respectively, in the first and second semester each to teach a course. The courses include “Social Movements” and “Contemporary Chinese Society.
Huang Houming wrote, “In my mind, Mr. Chen Jianmin is a true intellectual. In the past few years, I have also been more or less involved in defending Taiwan’s sovereignty and democratic life, but honestly, I still find it hard to imagine myself in prison for this.” He sincerely hopes that generations of Taiwanese and people of any country will not have to face such a situation.
Huang Houming believes that with Chen Jianmin’s scholarship, and the recognition he has received for his teaching, and the example he has set in social practice, it is an honor for National Chengchi University and the Department of Sociology at National Chengchi University.
Chen Jianmin has been teaching at National Chengchi University for one year, and is planning to return to Hong Kong next year.
Chen Jianmin himself said in a post on the 20th that he had accepted an invitation from National Chengchi University to become a visiting professor there for one year. In the coming period, in addition to teaching, he will close down to write a book and meditate on the road he has traveled. The online “Jianmin Study” and “Jianmin Lecture” will continue. In the end, Jianmin also stressed, “I hope to see you in Hong Kong in a year!”
Hong Kong political commentator Samp has done programs with Jianmin Chen many times in the past. Samp told the station that he was very happy to see Jianmin Chen continue to teach in Taiwan again, especially after Chen Jianmin retired from Chinese University, it is unlikely that Hong Kong universities will hire him as a faculty member again. Chinese language contact.
Thorpe: “Chen Jianmin has sat in jail for more than a dozen years, throughout the early to mid-term of the anti-sending China, and it is reasonable to say that he should not be affected by the anti-sending China, but with the passage of the Hong Kong National Security Law, the risk is that every Hong Kong person who supports democracy and freedom will be at greater or lesser risk, and now the Communist Party is ‘staring at people but not at things ‘, not what you have done with the speech and behavior, but to focus on a certain person, I am also very worried about the situation of Chen Jianmin.”
Samp revealed that Chen Jianmin had said that his intellectual enlightenment came from the political movement in Taiwan. Taiwan had previously experienced the Belle Isle Incident, when Chen Jianmin was still studying, and the Kaohsiung Incident and the Belle Isle Trial, which took place in 1979-80. He was hungry to read a lot of relevant material.
Samp: “He knew what it meant to fight, to be free, to be democratic, to have courage, to persevere, to be indefatigable. When you think about what happened on Belle Isle, no one knew exactly when Taiwan would democratize, but everyone was fighting, and that approach was very similar to the emergence of dictatorship in Hong Kong.”
Chen Jianmin will still return to Hong Kong National Security Law affects the scale of speech in Taiwan to take
For Chen Jianmin said he will stay in Taiwan for a year, and will still return to Hong Kong next year. When interviewed by the Taiwan History Institute of the Academia Sinica, Wu Hiehren, an associate researcher, mentioned that Hong Kong University of Science and Technology professor Li Jingjun only came to Taiwan the year before last to attend an annual sociology conference in Taiwan, and a speech slightly commented on the anti-sending-China movement, and was dismissed when he returned. Wu Hiehren believes that unless Chen Jianmin decides not to return to Hong Kong, he should immigrate to Taiwan, where he can speak more openly and boldly with a Taiwanese identity.
He is the most famous because he is the first line of the movement and has the highest political sensitivity. All the scholars I know who come to Taiwan for visits or exchanges are very low-key, and they definitely don’t speak publicly. This is the general norm, because if you still want to go back to Hong Kong, Hong Kong is deteriorating day by day, you feel fine today and tomorrow it becomes something, the red line becomes the red sea.”
Wu Hiei mentioned that when something was said in Hong Kong without knowing when and where, maybe it was just an academic exchange, just a very objective observation, it was treated as a violation of the National Security Law. If Chen Jianmin still wants to go back to Hong Kong, this is not self-imposed restrictions, this is no way to imagine that he can speak freely. It’s not easy, at least not in terms of public disclosure.
Wu Hiei: “Mr. Chen happened to be in jail at the time and did not participate in the anti-sending of China, and he also retired from CUHK early, so he withdrew from the public sphere in many ways. It is still very difficult for the Hong Kong Communist Party and the Chinese Communist Party to catch Mr. Chen Jianmin in the act, and they must be watching him closely. We are happy to see him come over, but we have to appreciate the situation of his position.”
Thorpe, however, believes that with what he knows about Chan Kin-man, he will not self-censor to a point where he loses his original self. Given what Chen has said in Hong Kong over the years, he has been very involved in Chinese civil society in particular. This will be shown in his second semester “Contemporary Chinese Society”, which will also show Taiwan how the actual civil society in China is.
He knows what the atmosphere is like, and he has first-hand, personal information to share with everyone, so I think everyone is looking forward to this.”
Tsang Kin-yuen suggested to assist outstanding scholars in Hong Kong by means of a dedicated foundation
Chinese Academy for Democracy Director Tseng Chien-yuan told the station that Hong Kong’s laws have restricted the academic research space for Hong Kong scholars, and he believes that the Political Science University should try to keep Professor Chen Jianmin, if only for a short period of research, his next life support will be a problem and he must return to Hong Kong.
Zeng Jianyuan: “If we have a special project to let these outstanding talents into Taiwan, but do not crowd out the established resources of Taiwan’s universities, so that is the best of both worlds. This aspect of Hong Kong’s talent on the direction of our university’s international development, is exactly what we need now that we lack.”
Zeng Jianyuan also mentioned that many universities in Taiwan are willing to hire these excellent teachers in Hong Kong, which can enhance the academic standards of Taiwan’s universities, however, university funding and positions are limited, and there are many wandering professors and doctors in Taiwan, and there should be another source of finance through the university for substantial relief, preferably from the Immigration Department of the Ministry of the Interior or the Land Commission in the past, a “Chinese Academic Fund “The establishment of similar funds is a very good practice.