The influence of religious engagement on students’ participation in protests in Hong Kong and Taiwan: A retrospective study

Hin Wah Chris CHEUNG, Kerry John KENNEDY, Chin Fung Philip CHOW

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Abstract

Religion is often used to support moral education for students. Arthur (2008) argues that the contribution of religion to active citizenship—as in supporting one‘s political faith and upholding justice--has not been fully recognized. Cheung et al. (2017) point out that the study of the influence of religion on students in Asian contexts is limited. Both the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong and the Sun Flower Movement in Taiwan in 2014 were led by young people, many of whom were educated in schools where religious groups played an important role, so that it might be expected that this influenced them. In fact, religious values and doctrines may be adopted and may shape students’ values and guide their behavior. This may then affect students’ attitudes towards participation in protests. Thus, the impact of religion on young people‘s predicted future participation in protests merits further investigation.
The aim of this paper, therefore, is to explore the impact of religious engagement on students’ expected or predicted future participation in demonstrations or protests. This paper is based on data from the International Civic and Citizenship Study (2009), which was collected in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. Our findings may hopefully have implications for future research on this topic in Asia contexts. Copyright © 2018 APNME.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Citation

Cheung, H. W. C., Kennedy, K. J., & Chow, C. F. P. (2018, April). The influence of religious engagement on students’ participation in protests in Hong Kong and Taiwan: A retrospective study. Paper presented at The 12th Anniversary Conference of the Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education (APNME): Moral Education: Conflicting Values and Common Ground, Kaohsiung Normal University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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