British Journal of Chinese Studies

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Vol 10 (2020)

Chinese Studies in a Pandemic: A Historian's View

Stephen McDowall
University of Edinburgh
Published July 7, 2020
How to Cite
McDowall, S. (2020). Chinese Studies in a Pandemic: A Historian’s View. British Journal of Chinese Studies, 10.


For someone who studies Western perceptions of China, the Covid-19 crisis certainly captures the attention. Writing from the position of a historian, much of the media discourse during the pandemic sounds strangely familiar to the author. Plus ça change, he says, although logic would suggest that the successes of South Korea and Taiwan in dealing with the crisis may begin to erode the image of a backward Asia.

  • Western perceptions of China,
  • media discourse,
  • history
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