Demonstrators taking part in the Sunflower movement shout slogans in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei in 2014. Young Taiwanese are much more politically active than their forbears. Photo: Reuters

In Taiwan, the old guard struggles to win the hearts and minds of the young

Jonathan Sullivan says the use of a common phrase – ‘kids don’t know any better’ – among elders in Taiwanese politics is telling of paternalistic attitudes, but the younger generation is politically active and agitating for change

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Demonstrators taking part in the Sunflower movement shout slogans in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei in 2014. Young Taiwanese are much more politically active than their forbears. Photo: Reuters
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