Date of Graduation

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS)


College of Arts and Sciences


Asia Pacific Studies

First Advisor

Genevieve Leung


Taiwan has constructed a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that not only has largely protected its citizens from the rapid community spread that has devastated larger countries around the world, but has also, commanded acclaim from the World Health Organization (WHO). Ironically, the WHO has refused to allow Taiwan entry into the organization because of the island’s tenuous relationship with China. The tensions between Taiwan and China are rooted in a post-World War II history that is predicated on Taiwan’s self-governing assertions despite China’s desire to consider it as part of the mainland. Such geopolitical and economic tensions have continued to the present. Understanding Taiwan’s approach to managing the pandemic may provide insights into what has worked in terms of a practical nation-wide response model and how important readiness was for the island after it dealt with the 2003 SARS outbreak. Moreover, despite continued tensions between Taiwan and China, the assistance that Taiwan has provided – and is continuing to offer – to the world community concerning the outbreak has shifted perspectives on the international status of the island as a regional and world power. From possible membership into the WHO to establishing partnerships with various nations to fight the pandemic, Taiwan’s response has made it a viable player on the international stage.

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Asian Studies Commons