These two books belong to a series published by the Center for the Study of Sexualities at National Central University, Taiwan. They are products of conferences on cultural critiques on HIV/AIDS in 2012 and 2013. Both are comprised of original articles by local scholars and translated articles by experts from Canada (Cindy Patton) and Australia (Kane Race), along with transcripts of workshop discussions. Editor Hans Tao-Ming Huang claims that these are the first books on cultural studies of HIV/AIDS in Taiwan. To address locally distinctive ideas pertaining to the East Asian Science, Technology and Society community, this review particularly foregrounds the articles and discussions by local scholars and participants while treating translated articles as background for comparison.

The first book, AIDS Governance and Local Actions, contains two articles by Huang, two translated articles by Patton, a long response, and...

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