Using "risk" as a conceptual lens, this book analyzes how communities across East Asia responded to the disruption unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The contributors to this book look at how governments, societies, and individuals have perceived, experienced, dealt with and interpreted the pandemic and the transformations it has brought across countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. They examine pressing concerns such as infodemic, digital health literacy, media cynicism, telework, and digital inequalities in conjunction with issues such as public trust, identity formation, nationalism, and social fragmentation. They look at a wide range of questions relating to communication, mediation, and reactions to the challenges of the pandemic.

An insightful resource for scholars of risk studies and of East Asian societies, the book is also a valuable reference for students and researchers of media and communication studies and sociology.

chapter 1|13 pages


Risk Society and the COVID-19 Pandemic in East Asia

chapter 2|27 pages

COVID-19 as a Catalyst of Global Risk Society

Institutionalization, De-Westernization, and Datafication of Crisis Communication Research

chapter 3|21 pages

Information Literacy or Political Propaganda

Analyzing the Taiwan Government's Responsive Strategies to COVID-19 Infodemic

chapter 4|23 pages

“Noise” in Communicating Risk about the COVID-19 Pandemic in Taiwan

The Impact of Uncivil Online Messages

chapter 5|25 pages

A Sense of the Public

Japan and Vietnam

chapter 9|21 pages

Coronationalism in the Risk Society

The Nationalist Discourses of Taiwanese Professional Baseball during the Outbreak of COVID-19

chapter 10|17 pages

Troubled Togetherness in the Pandemic

The Analysis of “Special Social Cluster” in Taiwan