Gen A | Youth in Revolt: ThailandVIEW EVENT DETAILS
#FreeYouth: How are young Thais transforming twitter hashtags from small displays of online activism to offline acts of mass defiance?
2020 saw month after month of demonstrations led by Thailand’s youth, seeking greater democracy and accountability from both the Government and the monarchy with three demands: the dissolution of parliament, ending intimidation of the people, and the drafting of a new constitution. While news of Thailand’s youth revolution is quietening as the pro-democracy wave surges elsewhere in the region, the fight for reform is far from over. As the number of lèse-majesté prosecutions and harsh prison sentences rises among young and old alike, how is Thailand’s youth continuing to mobilise on-and-offline?
Asia Society Australia warmly invites you to the first in our Youth in Revolt series exploring Thailand’s youth-led protest movement with Dr Aim Sinpeng, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, young leader Kanyanatt Kalfagiannis, Head of the Australian Alliance for Thai Democracy, and Chanachai Chotsangsri, founder of the pro-democracy group Khana Rad Source. Moderated by the Asia Society Policy Institute’s Richard Maude, join us as we unpack the origins of this youth-led protest movement, how it continues to challenge the Thai establishment and how popular culture has become a symbol of resistance in the face of new restrictions on civic freedoms.
Date: Tuesday 13 April 2021
Time: 3 – 4 p.m. AEST
This event is open to all Asia Society members and youth partners and is by invitation only. Registration is essential. For any enquiries, please contact email@example.com. If you would like to access this event and are a member of an Australian Asia-focused youth organisation, please contact your organisation’s executive team.
About the Series
Youth in Revolt: Asia’s Pro-Democracy Movements
Pro-democracy sentiment is sweeping across Asia and young people are leading the charge. #MilkTeaAlliance has emerged as not only a hashtag, but a rallying cry and display of solidarity against increasing authoritarianism throughout the region. In Hong Kong, Thailand, and now Myanmar, harrowing scenes of militarised violence are often juxtaposed with images of pop culture, pop music and puns - Gen Z’s flair pervades despite the very serious risk to life and livelihood posed to those demonstrating.
Asia Society Australia, under our Generation Asia initiative, is proud to announce a new series exploring youth-led pro-democracy movements across Asia.
This series will track the human cost and impact of youth-led movements, unpack the role and capacity for social media to mobilise the masses and examine how young people are demanding action, stepping into their power and emerging as a powerful force in the fight for democracy. Discussions will bring youth activists together with leading analysts and academics from foreign policy, defence and security, and social sciences.
About our Speakers
Gen A (Generation Asia) is Asia Society Australia’s young leaders network. It is a learning and leadership development platform for early career professionals (under 35) from our member and partner organisations. Gen A activities are content-driven and designed to enrich participants understanding of Asia and Australia’s place in the region. Gen A members gain access to leading business, policy, trade, diversity and cultural thinkers on Asia and join a network of peers who are passionate about our region.from the business, political, educational and cultural institutions that make up the Asia Society network.
Asia Society Australia acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.
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