[Event] SFU: Crowdfunding the Hospital: Why Tzu-Chi’s Hospital Project Succeeded but Other Grassroots Hospital Projects Failed? (Feb.9, 2018)

In the 1970s, the Taiwanese government initiated a series of projects to privatize health and medical services. Many business conglomerates and religious organizations took the opportunity to launch their hospital projects. In this talk, I focus on those hospital projects initiated by religious organizations—Lotus Society, Chao-Tian Gong and Tzu-Chi. I ask why among these three projects, only Tzu-Chi’s project succeeded while the other two failed. In contrast to the common understanding (i.e., the state sponsorship), my explanatory framework is hinged upon the role of the creation of multiple social networks during the mobilization period.

Date: Friday, February 9, 2018.

Time: 2:00 – 3:30PM.

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, 1600 Canfor Policy Room, Vancouver.

Please register here.


Chengpang Lee, (postdoctoral fellow, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School, Assistant Professor, Sociology, National University of Singapore). Trained as a comparative-historical sociologist, his research interest includes social movement, medicine, religion, innovation and organization studies. His work appears in journals including American Journal of Sociology and Social Movement Studies. He has won awards such as the Reinhard Bendix paper award from American Sociological Association. He is currently completing his book manuscript on the diverging consequence of privatization of medical and health services in Taiwan and China.


  • David See-chai Lam Centre
  • Taiwan Studies Group, Department of History

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