Public Health in Asia during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Public Health in Asia during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Global Health Governance, Migrant Labour, and International Health Crises
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Introduction: COVID-19 and Asia (Anoma Phichai VAN DER VEERE, Florian SCHNEIDER, and Catherine Yuk-ping LO)

PART I Health Policy in Asia and the Global Community
1 Fighting for a Global Community in a Post-COVID World Haruko SATOH
2 Countering Emerging Infectious Diseases and COVID-19: The Development of ASEAN’s Institutional Arrangements and International Cooperation (Kei KOGA)
3 The Outbreak of Infectious Disease and Trust in Government in Asian Countries (Yumi ISHIKAWA and Miki KOHARA)

PART II The Future of Global Health Governance in Asia
4 China and the World Health Organization: Not an Easy Road for Either (Xue GONG and Xirui LI)
5 South Korea and the WHO during the COVID-19 Crisis (Brendan HOWE)
6 Escaping the ‘Realist Trap’: The ROC’s Participation in Global Health Governance Under the One-China Principle (Catherine Yuk-ping LO)
7 From Pneumonia to Pragmatism: The Role of the WHO in Japan During Public Health Emergencies (Anoma P. VAN DER VEERE)

PART III Domestic Responses to COVID-19 in a Globalized Asia
8 The COVID-19 Pandemic: Socio-Economic Issues, Health Care, Health Security and the Rapid Response in Vietnam (Anh Tuyet NGUYEN)
9 The Coordination of COVID-19 Responses in Malaysia: Efforts and Challenges (Nurliana KAMARUDDIN and Zokhri IDRIS)
10 Analysis of South Korea’s Experience with the COVID-19: Pandemic and its Relations with the WHO (Eun Mee KIM and Jisun SONG)
11 State-Society Relations as Cooperative Partnership and the COVID-19 Response in Vietnam (Mirjam LE and Franziska NICOLAISEN)

PART IV The Global Economy and Transnational: Migrant Labour in Asia during COVID-19
12 The Coronavirus as the ‘Final Straw’ of the CCP’s Performative Legitimacy?: A New Economic Model in the Post-COVID-19 Era (Catherine Yuk-ping LO)
13 Health Governance during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Reflections on Taiwan’s Guest Worker Policy (Mei-Chun LIU)
14 Public Health and Capitalism in Japan: The Impact of Labour Market Challenges and Welfare on Public Health (Saori SHIBATA)
15 Indonesia’s Response to Global Recommendations on Labour: Migration during a Pandemic: Muddling through Priorities and Needs (Sylvia YAZID)

Reviews and Features

"[...] this is a very good volume. It has a strong structure and has been tightly edited to provide empirical and analytical clarity that is well worth a read to anyone interested in how the pandemic has shaken the Asian region. [...] this book will make an enduring contribution to our understanding of social and policy reactions in infectious disease outbreaks in Asian."
- Nicholas Thomas, European Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 21, Iss. 3

"Any book on the topic of ‘public health in Asia during the COVID–19 pandemic’ must tick three boxes. It must be ambitious in scope; discuss the political, sociological and economic aspects of public health (not just the science of public health) at the national level; and examine Asia’s role in global health governance. This book does indeed tick all three. In addition, it has some strong highlights."
- Sharon Tan & Swee Kheng Khor, International Affairs, Vol. 99, Iss. 2

Public Health in Asia during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Global Health Governance, Migrant Labour, and International Health Crises

Asian countries have dealt with COVID-19 with varying levels of success. The WHO’s lack of effective leadership in the region has resulted in increasingly contested global health governance. The pandemic continues to undermine global health, and the highly interdependent economies in Asia have exposed the speed with which pandemics can now spread. The security of migrant workers is more precarious than ever. Millions have been stranded and face limited access to health services. Public Health in Asia during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Global Health Governance, Migrant Labour, and International Health Crises provides an accessible framework for understanding the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia through the lens of global governance in health and labour.

Anoma van der Veere

Anoma Phichai VAN DER VEERE is Researcher of Modern Asia at the Leiden Asia Centre, Leiden University, and Research Fellow at the IAFOR Research Center at the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University. He has published on health and labour policy, sports, and technology in Asia and Europe.

Florian Schneider

Florian SCHNEIDER is Senior University Lecturer in the Politics of Modern China at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. He is managing editor of Asiascape: Digital Asia and director of the Leiden Asia Centre.

Catherine Lo

Catherine Yuk-ping LO is Assistant Professor at University College Maastricht, Maastricht University. Specializing in international relations and global health, her research themes include HIV/AIDS in China and India, infectious disease responses in Northeast and Southeast Asian states, antimicrobial resistance challenges in the Global South and North, and global health diplomacy.