‘We are doing better’: Biopolitical nationalism and the COVID-19 virus in East Asia

Jeroen de Kloet*, Jian Lin, Yiu Fai CHOW

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic stirs up strong nationalist and localist sentiments; places pride themselves on containing the virus more effectively: We are doing better. We call this ‘biopolitical nationalism’, understood by us as the dynamics between body, geopolitics and affect. When looking at mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, we analyse how the biopolitical efforts of these places are being compared, applauded and supported. Under a discourse of life and survival, this celebration of biopolitical control does not fall into the classic reproduction of capital, but speaks to geopolitical identification. Biopolitics has morphed into a field of competition, of rivalry, of nationalistic – or, perhaps more generally, localist – power games. What can we do as Cultural Studies scholars?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-640
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Biopolitics
  • China
  • COVID-19
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan

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