Governing and representing HIV/AIDS in China: A review and an introduction

Yu, H 2012, 'Governing and representing HIV/AIDS in China: A review and an introduction', International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-33.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Governing and representing HIV/AIDS in China: A review and an introduction
Author(s) Yu, H
Year 2012
Journal name International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 33
Total pages 33
Publisher Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
Abstract This introductory essay provides a thematic framework for, and critical review of, the key issues and debates in HIV governance as well as its representation in the public sphere in the Chinese context. It discusses the current state and characteristics of the epidemic. In particular, it analyses the evolution of HIV/AIDS governance and its representation through two broad approaches: "AIDS work" and "AIDS talk." AIDS work is done by a multitude of agents at three different levels: the state at the macro-level; U.N. agencies, INGOs and foreign governments at the meso-level; and civil society at the micro-level. AIDS talk includes "telling AIDS" in Chinese HIV/AIDS media, "recording AIDS" by independent documentary filmmakers, "fighting AIDS" by HIV carriers, and "righting AIDS" by HIV/AIDS activists who are not HIV carriers. From public health campaigns and media education programs in the official media, to individual initiatives asserting rights and community endeavours for self-help-all agents utilise both old and new media and communication technologies to voice their concerns as well as to get their voices heard. This in turn impacts on China's AIDS work. "AIDS work" and "AIDS talk" illustrate the two interrelated areas of governance and representation in the Chinese HIV/AIDS regime. The present issue brings together original articles from diverse disciplinary areas to engage in a timely dialogue on how HIV/AIDS is represented and governed in China and how such representations and techniques of governance are constructive of the relations of power and agency in the context of HIV/AIDS.
Subject Media Studies
Asian Cultural Studies
Keyword(s) AIDS talk
AIDS work
HIV/AIDS governance
Representations
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