The first issue is a topical issue entitled ‘Taiwan’s Public Diplomacy and the World Health Assembly’. This topical section is motivated by an ambition to approach Taiwan from a multidisciplinary perspective. Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organization (who) and the World Health Assembly (wha) requires analyses that are informed by the medical sciences, as well as political science, international relations, and an area studies approach to both Taiwan and China and their interaction. This topical section has chosen to focus on the importance of communications, and specifically public diplomacy, and how they intersect with the political forces shaping Taiwan’s interactions on this issue.

The second issue includes original research that tackles a variety of subjects (Scott Simon, Hui-Yi Katherine Tseng, Timothy S. Rich and Andi Dahmer, Doris T. Chang, and Hsin-i Sydney Yueh), two special reports on the Japan Association for Taiwan Studies (Momoko Kawakami) and the Association for Taiwan Literature (Hsin-Chin Evelyn Hsieh) respectively, one review essay on an exhibition about social movements in post-war Taiwan (Susan Shih Chang and Jeremy Huai-Che Chiang), and six book reviews of publications on six fascinating topics (Nathan F. Batto, Chris Cockel, Thomas B. Gold, Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley, Ann Heylen, and Ti-han Chang).