Hioe: “Asia’s Orphan” During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Special Issue: Pandemic Asia. 2020 July.
The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 18 | Issue 14 | Number 8 | Article ID 5425 | Jul 11, 2020
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“Asia’s Orphan” During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brian Hioe

Taiwan has managed to avoid expansive lockdowns and the suspension of everyday life seen elsewhere during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this sense, the COVID-19 pandemic may push Taiwan toward greater self-reliance, as well as increase Taiwan’s sense of subjective distance from other parts of the world. This may be the irony of increased international attention on Taiwan because of its successful handling of the pandemic.

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