Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian City of Life
Aihwa Ong is Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, the author of Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty and Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality, and the coeditor of Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate, all also published by Duke University Press.
“Viruses Don’t Carry Passports”
This chapter discusses the rise of Singapore as a potential to provide a CDC-like center for a tropical region that is teeming with deadly viruses. In the aftermath of the SARS pandemic, the Duke-NUS Graduate School of Medicine established a program to deal with epidemiological dangers that are still unknown, that is, the “newly emerging infectious diseases” that threaten the region and beyond. Singapore's role in fighting infectious diseases draws most recently from the island's experiences in combating SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and bringing the epidemic under control within months. In this climate of health vigilance, there was increased...