“Cai-Pin Liu Incident” in Written Media Reports

Conference: The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia2022)
Title: “Cai-Pin Liu Incident” in Written Media Reports
Stream: Political Communication and Satire
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation
Wei-Li Wu, Taipei University of Marine Technology, Taiwan


In 1970, Liu Caipin, a Taiwanese studying in Japan, staged a protest over issues such as nationality identification and exit-entry administration of Japan, further triggering what was known as the "Liu Caipin Incident". She claimed that "Asians in Japan that came from divided nations should enjoy the freedom of regime selection". This concept broadly reflected the universal value of basic human rights, and therefore received attention from all sectors of society and attracted media coverage from mainstream news outlets, such as the Yomiuri Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, and Asahi Magazine. "New Left" newspapers and periodicals supporting the incident also joined the propaganda battlefront. Considering this, the present study mainly adopted historical research and document analysis methods to systematically gather and collate newspaper and periodical texts relating to the subject matter. Through analysis and screening, historical events of research value were listed. The historical data were further analyzed, evaluated, and defined to obtain the ultimate findings on the process, influence, and conclusion, thereby acquiring an understanding of the "Liu Caipin Incident".

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