Asking ‘what it does’ rather than ‘what it is’: the invisibility and opportunity of Taiwan’s role on the global health stage

Cheng, Kai-Yuan, Lee, Po-Han, Tseng, Po-Chang, Tu, Yunhung and Wang, Shun-Te (2019) Asking ‘what it does’ rather than ‘what it is’: the invisibility and opportunity of Taiwan’s role on the global health stage. Taiwan Insight [weblog article, 8 April 2019].

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Abstract

In 2017, some twenty Taiwanese students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds formed a study group: medicine, epidemiology, law, sociology, politics, and geography. Its overall objective is to understand better what has been referred to as ‘global health’. For that, we have been thinking of a difficult yet crucial question: what is global health, and why should we, as Taiwanese citizens, need to study it? In this article, we reflect on our motivations and discussions. We began by reading the text ‘Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?’, which compares the activities of different global health actors – intergovernmental and nongovernmental – and their relationships with nations states. Building on this approach, in this article we will draw on the limitations and opportunities for Taiwan to take part in the contemporary global health system.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: health; human rights; WHO; Taiwan
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ4835 International organisations and associations
Depositing User: Po-Han Lee
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 08:47
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 16:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/83092

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