Book ID: CBB251092384

Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian City of Life (2016)


Ong, Aihwa (Author)

Duke University Press

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: xxiv + 284 pp., bib., index
Language: English

In Fungible Life Aihwa Ong explores the dynamic world of cutting-edge bioscience research, offering critical insights into the complex ways Asian bioscientific worlds and cosmopolitan sciences are entangled in a tropical environment brimming with the threat of emergent diseases. At biomedical centers in Singapore and China scientists map genetic variants, disease risks, and biomarkers, mobilizing ethnicized "Asian" bodies and health data for genomic research. Their differentiation between Chinese, Indian, and Malay DNA makes fungible Singapore's ethnic-stratified databases that come to "represent" majority populations in Asia. By deploying genomic science as a public good, researchers reconfigure the relationships between objects, peoples, and spaces, thus rendering "Asia" itself as a shifting entity. In Ong's analysis, Asia emerges as a richly layered mode of entanglements, where the population's genetic pasts, anxieties and hopes, shared genetic weaknesses, and embattled genetic futures intersect. Furthermore, her illustration of the contrasting methods and goals of the Biopolis biomedical center in Singapore and BGI Genomics in China raises questions about the future direction of cosmopolitan science in Asia and beyond. (Worldcat)

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Essay Review Michael M.J. Fischer (June 2018) Book Review: Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian City of Life, by Aihwa Ong; Good Science: The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research, by Charis Thompson. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (pp. 225-230). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Ong, Aihwa
McGonigle, Ian
Waldby, Catherine
Rose, Nikolas S.
Chen, Nancy N.
Barney, Richard A.
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Social Studies of Science
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Public Understanding of Science
Science, Technology and Human Values
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
MIT Press
Princeton University Press
Duke University Press
McGill University (Canada)
University of Minnesota Press
The MIT Press
Science and politics
Science and society
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Burke, Edmund
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
18th century
South Korea

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