1st Edition

Pandemic, States and Societies in the Asia-Pacific, 2020–2021 Responding to COVID

Edited By Charles Hawksley, Nichole Georgeou Copyright 2024
    242 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Hawksley and Georgeou bring together scholars and practitioners from across the region to analyse the main effects of the first two years of the COVID pandemic in a range of case studies from Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and Oceania.

    The book provides a broad survey of how Indonesia, Bangladesh, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Nepal, Australia, Cambodia, Taiwan, and New Zealand attempted to manage the COVID pandemic; the challenges they faced; and how they fared. Drawing on insights from politics, economics, sociology, law, public health, education, and geography, most authors are nationals of the cases they discuss. Written in non-specialist language, ten case studies are examined, providing a useful analysis of the first two years of COVID in the Asia-Pacific from the emergence of COVID in January 2020 to the lifting of restrictions in December 2021. Chapters focus on different issues according to the scholar’s academic expertise, and a wide diversity of national pandemic experiences, challenges, and responses are showcased.

    An essential read for scholars and students interested in the areas of Asia-Pacific politics, sociology, and public health.



    Chapter 1 Pandemic, States and Societies in the Asia-Pacific 2020–2021: Responding to COVID

    Charles Hawksley

    Nichole Georgeou

    Chapter 2 Indonesia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic: from herbal cure-alls to a science-based response

    Yohana Susana Yembise
    Rob Goodfellow

    Chapter 3 Pandemic, migrant workers and the economy of Bangladesh

    Mamta B. Chowdhury

    Chapter 4 Japan: Moralised politics in countering COVID-19

    Yukiko Nishikawa

    Chapter 5 Making sense of the behavioral restrictions and institutional controls: the Philippine COVID-19 experience

    Leslie A. Lopez

    Jessica Sandra R. Claudio

    Dennis B. Batangan

    Joselito T. Sescon,

    Haraya Marikit C. Mendoza

    Chapter 6 Vietnam: COVID-19 in Vietnam

    Toan Dang

    Chapter 7 Nepal: pandemic and unusual state response

    Uddhab Pyakurel

    Supriya Gurung

    Chapter 8 Australia and COVID 19: Cracks in the Commonwealth

    Charles Hawksley

    Nichole Georgeou

    Chapter 9 Taiwan: how COVID-19 sharpens Taiwanese identity

    Tse-Min HUNG

    Chapter 10 Cambodia: the thin line between development and human rights during

    Natalia Szablewska

    Muy Seo Ngouv

    Ratana Ly


    Chapter 11 Aotearoa New Zealand: is the grass really greener here? Social, political and cultural implications of COVID-19 in New Zealand

    Christina Ergler

    Nichole Georgeou

    Sarah Lovell

    Bob Huish



    Charles Hawksley is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia. Charles holds a PhD in politics from UOW. His research on the politics of the Asia-Pacific has appeared in Third World Quarterly, Rethinking Marxism, and Global Change Peace and Security.

    Nichole Georgeou is Associate Professor in Humanitarian and Development Studies at Western Sydney University, Australia. Nichole holds a PhD and an MA (Research) from UOW in development sociology. She is the author of Neoliberalism, Development and Aid Volunteering (Routledge) among many other publications.