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Tensions Exposed: Myth and Social Imagination of Scientific Exhibitions in Science Museums

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Chung-hsi Lin
Department of Cultural Heritage Conservation, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology

Scientific exhibitions usually aim at presenting the achievements of great scientists, with an assumption of 「exposing the truths of the nature.」. Following the current scientific paradigm, they deliver the so-call standard and accurate knowledge to their audience.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 7

Visualizing Hygiene: Hygiene Exhibitions in Colonial Taiwan during the 1910s

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Yen-Chiou Fann
National Taiwan Normal University

This paper studies the early development of hygiene exhibitions in colonial Taiwan. It focuses on ho exhibitions promoted the production and circulation of knowledge about sanitation, and how the colonial hygiene policy was imposed on viewers through a specific visualizing technique. The author concludes that the hygiene exhibitions of the 1910s were influenced by both European and Japanese examples, particularly the First International Hygiene Exhibition, held in Dresden in 1911.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 7

The First Grand Exhibition of "Miniatures" in Taiwan

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Shao-li LU

This paper applies Bruno Latour's concept of translation to the grand exhibition held in colonial Taiwan in 1935.The author draws a series of analogies between the uses and arrangements of models in the exhibition and Latourian models of laboratory practices withinwhich objects are dissolved, modified, rescaled, and staged. Once in theexhibition, the views were as if surrounded by miniatures. The purpose oftranslation was to interest viewers in the message encoded in the exhibition bythe colonial government.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 7

Where "Handicaped Facilities" Come From: A Network Analysis of the Construction Process of Barrier-Free Environment

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Tasing Chiu
Department of Medical Sociology and Social Work, Kaohsiung Medical University

Article 23 of the January 24, 1990 amendment to Taiwan's Disabled Person Welfare Law specifies that newly-constructed public facilities, structures, community centers and transportation tools shall install devices and facilities convenient for the movement and usage of the disabled, and that, in the case of non-compliance, construction permits shall not be issued. In the 10 years following this amendment, billions of NT dollars have been spent in installing these devices and facilities for the disabled. Unfortunately, this public investment appears largely to have been in vain.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 6 (April 2008), 43-70.

The Call of Human Nature: Governmentality and Sexual Offence Prevention Policy in Taiwan

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Kevin Chien-Chang Wu
Department of Social Medicine, National Taiwan University College of Medicine;Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University College of Medicine and National Taiwan University Hospital

Since about ten years ago, in Taiwan, there have been booming legislative and administrative activities for female equality and protection. Sexual offence prevention policy is one the most important issues in the trend. Severe sexual crimes shocked society. Media abounds with reports and comments on sexual offenders. Statutes and regulations regarding sexual offence prevention have been revised frequently. Law governs people based on its understanding of human nature. The evolution of sexual offence prevention policy especially involves re-configuring sexual offenders' human nature.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 6 (April 2008), 69-110.

Visible AIDS v. Invisible AIDS "Patient": A Study on the Case of the Harmony Home Association delivered by the Taipei District

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Yu-Lin Chiang
College of Law, National Chengchi University

SinceOn October 11 2006, Taipei District Court ruled that the Harmony Home Association should move out from the Zaihsin Community. In order to solve the residence problems of HIV-infected people, the Legislative Yuan soon passed a new bill on June 14 2007 to manage the care, treatment and residence of HIV-infected people. Taiwan High Court then, on August 7 2007, overruled the original sentence and ordered that they could still stay in the Zaihsin Community.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 6 (April 2008), 111-144.

Risk Communication and Public Participation: A Case Study of Building Hsih-Chu's Science-based Industrial Park in I-lan

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Wen-Ling Tu, Li-Wen Shih, Ting-I Huang
Assistant professor, Department of Public Policy and Management, Shih Hsin University; Research assistant, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University; Graduate student, Department of Public Policy and Management, Shih Hsin University

Public participation and risk communication have become important components in environmental decision-making processes. However, public opposition and mistrust during risk communication often cripple policy-making processes. This case study examines risk communications on high-tech environmental controversies in three public forums (an Environmental Impact Assessment public hearing, a social protest, and a citizens' conference). This paper argues that policy-makers' technocratic tendency prevents them from communicating effectively with the public about environmental risk.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 5 (October 2007), 71-110.

Discourses of Risk, Citizen Activism, and the Waste Facility Siting Controversy

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Mei-Fang Fan
Department of Public Administration & Institute of Public Policy

Regulation and risk management in Taiwan are dominated by technocracy. Although the Environmental Impact Assessment Law was approved in 1994 to regulate development projects and to standardize the criteria for its implementation, the lay public does not have much opportunity to participate in the process. Those residents who oppose siting waste facilities in their communities tend to be stigmatized as promoting self-interest and as being irrational and ignorant.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 5 (October 2007), 43-70.
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