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In Session: The Covid -19 Pandemic in Asia-Part 1
2: Shaping a Common Moral Enterprise: Governance and Its Discourses about COVID-19 in Taiwan
Friday, March 26, 2021
8:30am – 10:00am EDT
Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Taiwan has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan as quickly as in early January of 2020. By July 19, 2020, the numbers of confirmed infectious cases (455) and death tolls (7) of COVID-19 in Taiwan have been extremely low compared to the rest of the world, and this unusual accomplishment has won international attention during the global crisis. There have been various explanations to Taiwan’s success in controlling the pandemic. Among them include the government’s preemptive planning and its supporting social discourses which often emphasized Taiwan’s internal solidarity among its citizens and their pride in its healthcare system. Furthermore, Taiwanese government’s attempts to enter the World Health Organization through a demonstration of its successful experiences and contribution to the world on fighting COVID-19 has also been credited as a key motivating factor for keeping such success. Politically, Taiwan’s case stood in sharp contrast to China’s stumbling responses to the outbreak, especially at its outset. It was under the circumstances that Taiwan has pursued to become a model state in terms of its low confirmed cases in order to maintain its success discourses and attempts. The government and the social media thus jointly formed a common moral enterprise that eagerly watched domestically on who were the newly confirmed cases and internationally on how Taiwan could play out as a distinguished political and health entity apart from China. This study examines what has been shaped and who have been suffered under the grand umbrella of politico-pandemic discourses.