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Reception and Interpretation in Three Chinese Cities, 1st Edition

Edited by Deborah Davis, Helen F. Siu


180 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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SARS (Acute Respiratory Syndrome) first presented itself to the global medical community as a case of atypical pneumonia in one small Chinese village in November 2002. Three months later the mysterious illness rapidly spread and appeared in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Toronto and then Singapore. The high fatality rate and sheer speed at which this disease spread prompted the World Health Organization to initiate a medieval practice of quarantine in the absence of any scientific knowledge of the disease. Now three years on from the initital outbreak, SARS poses no major threat and has vanished from the global media.

Written by a team of contributors from a wide variety of disciplines, this book investigates the rise and subsequent decline of SARS in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan. Multidisciplinary in its approach, SARS explores the epidemic from the perspectives of cultural geography, media studies and popular culture, and raises a number of important issues such as the political fate of the new democracy, spatial governance and spatial security, public health policy making, public culture formation, the role the media play in social crisis, and above all the special relations between the three countries in the context of globalization and crisis. It provides new and profound insights into what is still a highly topical issue in today’s world.


'Wide-ranging and novel in its academic approach, it certainly adds to the field of useful knowledge.' - Felix Greaves, Asian Affairs

Table of Contents

1. SARS: Reception and Interpretations Deborah Davis and Helen Siu 2. Global Connectivity and Local Politics: SARS, Talk Radio, and Public Opinion Eric Kit-wai Ma and Joseph Man Chan 3. Sars, Avian Flu and the Urban Double Take John Nguyet Erni 4. Eulogy and Practice: Public Professionals and Private Lives Helen Siu and Jane Chan 5. Artistic Responses to SARS: Footprints in the Local and Global Realms of Cyberspace Abby Newman 6. SARS Humor for the Virtual Community Hong Zhang 7. Taiwan's Social Crisis during the SARS Outbreak: Legacy of Authoritarianism Yun Fan and Ming-chi Chen 8. Epilogue Christine Loh

About the Editors

Deborah Davis is Professor of Sociology at Yale University, USA.

Helen Sui is Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary China Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Reference
HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / Respiratory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban