Wednesday, October 30, 13:30-15:00

Social Practice in New Era: Wisdom and Technique for Preventing Natural and Social Crises

Dr. Yu-Yu CHENG Director-General, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (R.O.C.) / Academicians, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (R.O.C.) / Chair Professor, Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

I would like to address the issue of social practice in contemporary Taiwan society and focus on the wisdom and technique to prevent natural crisis as well as to solve public health problems. As Taiwan society is composed of a great variety of ethnic groups, we will begin with the wisdom we learn from indigenous knowledge in coping with the potential ecological problems arising from how we utilize different landscapes—mountains, rivers, coasts and the like. Wisdom comes with techniques, and systemized techniques serve as the foundation of what we call technology, which leads to our second concern for how social practice might enhance our health care system by adopting innovative technology. To achieve this goal, we need to look into the critical problems deriving from social changing, such as environmental pollution, aging population and low birth rate, and health inequality of certain social groups, and build a systematic framework that views all the individuals as a whole without losing sight of the specific need of every individual. Only by doing so could we provide a more comprehensive and innovative health care planning policy.

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