Taiwan youth should speak out: organization
CNATAIPEI--Young people in Taiwan should share their thoughts on public issues with the world and push their agendas forward via the use of social networks, said the founder of Generation 18, a nonpartisan young voter engagement organization based in the United States.
September 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
“The power of an individual young person with an idea can truly have a transformative impact,” David Burstein said Saturday at a forum organized by the American Institute in Taiwan to share ideas about civic engagement.
Thanks to the digital age, young people can easily express their opinions and make substantial changes to make the world fit for them, according to Burstein.
Citing the example of the Arab Spring, a string of demonstrations in the Arab World that were mostly mobilized online by young people, Burstein urged local youth to empower themselves to shape the world.
Burstein also told CNA that he was impressed by a rally in Taiwan to demand protection of human rights in the military after a soldier was allegedly abused to death during his service, saying that the experience of holding mass protests and uniting the public's discontent should be well preserved.
Known as the “White Shirt Movement,” the protest, organized online, drew hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to Taiwan's streets last month.