BtH: Transnationalism and Health in Asia


The Beyond the Headlines @BUPardeeSchool, or BtH, series at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, continued on March 12, 2018 with a panel discussion on transnationalism and health in Asia. The panel was co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Asia, an affiliated regional center of the Pardee School. 

The panel included Gowri Vijayakumar, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University; Joseph Harris, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University; and Rebecca Farber, PhD Candidate at the Boston University Department of Sociology. The discussion was moderated by Mahesh Karra, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy at the Pardee School.

Discussing the long-held belief that health and healthcare have long been thought of as tied to place, the panel explored how public health programs and medical services have become increasingly global.

The panel focused on how the increased circulation of people as well as health policies and programs are shaped not only in terms of their national context or geographic location, but also by regional and transnational settings.

The discussion also explored specifically how these themes exist in Asia as they relate to India’s HIV/AIDS programs and Thailand’s growing medical tourism industry and public health policies that have become transnational. 

Beyond the Headlines is a regular series at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies which seeks to cultivate informed conversations among experts and practitioners on issues that are currently in the news headlines, but to do so with a focus on intellectual analysis and on longer-range trends. Recent Beyond the Headlines discussions have focused on topics including the Rohingya crisis in Myanmarpolitics of development research and China’s Communist Party Congress.