||This study examines the Southern Stars Plan in Kaohsiung from the perspective of environmental justice theory. I use Schlosberg’s concept of distributive justice, participative justice, and recognition justiceto analyze how the government distributed environmental goods/bads and how the coastal residents were excluded from the decision-making and disrecognized in the imbalanced political-economic conditions.|
Under the unequal power structure between the state, capital and society, government is able to transform the natural resource to industrial capital and allow industrial capital to abandon the industrial waste to the resident of the marginal areas .As a result, Da-lin-po`s coastal area became a landfill, and then the government established an industrial zone on this polder land. This becomes an industrial circle. The coastal residents did not benefit from Taiwan`s industrial development but they received all kinds of environmental bads and high risk of health. Theresidents were excluded from the decision-making process and their original culture was denied by the state. The process has provoked the anti-development movement. .This study shows how the development has influenced the environment and society in Da-lin-po in past five decades. The dilemma of civil participation and the unequal power structure behind the decision-making will be discussed. At this process, it present the dilemma of participation that civil society ask right to decision actively, on the other hand, it present the decision-making structure of unequal-power. Through this study, we can see how the industry, environment, and society affect each other.