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Science, Public Health and the State in Modern Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Liping Bu, Darwin H. Stapleton, Ka-Che Yip


208 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the encounter between western and Asian models of public health and medicine in a range of East and Southeast Asian countries over the course of the twentieth century until now. It discusses the transfer of scientific knowledge of medicine and public health approaches from Europe and the United States to several Asian countries — Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, and China — and local interactions with, and transformations of, these public health models and approaches from the nineteenth century to the 1950s. Taking a critical look at assumptions about the objectiveness of science, the book highlights the use of scientific knowledge for political control, cultural manipulation, social transformation and economic needs. It rigorously and systematically investigates the historical developments of public health concepts, policies, institutions, and how these practices changed from colonial, to post-colonial and into the present day.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Liping Bu and Ka-che Yip 2. Science, Culture, and Disease Control in Colonial Hong Kong - Ka-che Yip 3. Public Health in Prewar Singapore: The Development of Hospital Services and Medical Education - Law Yuen Han 4. Hygiene and Decolonization: The Rockefeller Foundation and Indonesian Nationalism, 1933-1958 - Eric Andrew Stein 5. The Alma-Ata Declaration, Rockefeller Foundation and the Development of Primary Health Care in Sri Lanka: A Model for Health Promotion - Soma Hewa 6. "Removing the Obstacles to Public Health Work": Rockefeller Initiatives in Public Health in China and Japan and its Effects, 1925-1950 - Darwin Stapleton 7. From Race Biology to Population Control: The Rockefeller Foundation’s "Public Health" Projects in Japan, 1920s-1950s - Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci 8. Beijing First Health Station: Innovative Public Health Education and Influence on China’s Health Profession - Liping Bu 9. Between the State and the Private Sphere: The Chinese State Medicine Movement, 1930-1949 - Xi Gao 10. From Japanese Colonial Medicine to American-Standard Medicine in Taiwan – A Case Study of the Transition in the Medical Profession and Practices in East Asia - Michael Shiyung Liu 11. In Republican China, Public Health by Whom, for Whom? - Bridie Andrews 12. Conclusion

About the Editors

Liping Bu is Professor of History at Alma College, Michigan. Her publications include Making the World Like Us: Education, Cultural Expansion, and the American Century. Darwin H. Stapleton is Professor of History at University of Massachusetts-Boston, and Executive Director Emeritus of the Rockefeller Archive Center, USA. He is the editor of Creating a Tradition of Biomedical Research: Contributions to the History of The Rockefeller University. Ka-che Yip is Professor of History at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA. Recent publications include, as editor, Disease, Colonialism, and the State: Malaria in East Asian History.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / History
MEDICAL / Public Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies