The occupy moment: Hong Kong student movement in Korea and the function of social media

Yik Yan CHENG, Chung Fun Steven HUNG

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With the diffusion of social network sites and applications, social media have become one of the most popular Internet (communication) services. Most of the information exchange that occurs on these social networking sites is not only personal information or entertainment, but also new ways to stimulate citizen engagement in politics because of the fast flowing of videos and news reports. They are incorporating more political issues and public affairs into these social media platforms. The ‘Umbrella Movement’, which triggered global attention, is a typical case that illustrates the importance of social media in the social movement. During the entire 2014 campaign, social media and social media platforms played a key role in providing students a new way to obtain immediate information from different perspectives and allowing some student leaders to announce strategies or directions to other students or participants in the movement. In an era when students’ time and attention are increasingly directed towards social media and social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, these platforms allow students to obtain political information without needing the intermediate role of mass media. Reactions, feedback and conversations generated online are stimulating and facilitate social participation. Copyright © 2017 European Centre for Research Training and Development UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-34
JournalGlobal Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017


student movement
social media
Hong Kong
news report
social participation
information exchange
social movement
mass media
social network


Cheng, Y. Y., & Hung, C. F. (2017). The occupy movement: Hong Kong student movement in Korea and the function of social media. Global Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 5(8), 18-34.