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  » Issue contents  2020-12-28 In times of war and love
In times of war and love
Chien-ting LIN
   
ABSTRACT
As our mediated and interconnected everyday life has been deeply implicated in the global changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, I look at the residual world-system coloniality in disease prevention in Taiwan as a focal point for inter-Asia referencing. By drawing some observations from the ways the pandemic governs the society, I argue that COVID-19 has returned us to deflected cold war problematics in view of the escalating U.S.-China conflict. I first observe how the nationalization process of the stressed epidemic prevention that governs daily practices in Taiwan has expanded into a normalization of the warfare state (of mind) against the Coronavirus made synonymous with China. I also consider how the cold war logic of militarization mediates the longstanding imperialist world order of Sinophobic orientalism across the Pacific. Lastly, I comment on how the convergence of pandemic and war discourses enables a nationalistic reimagining of Taiwanese origin and race through a liberal framing of love and marriage.
  
KEYWORDS: COVID-19; pandemic; Taiwan; cold war; love; race; Sinophobia; imperialism
  
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Chien-ting Lin is associate professor of English at National Central University. 
 
    

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