2018 Volume 5 Issue 1 Pages 65-69
Aim: This paper examines the Chi-Chi earthquake that struck central Taiwan (Republic of China) on September 21, 1999.
Methods: Framed within a geopolitical examination, historical methodology utilized primary sources of relief agency reports, US Agency for International Development Fact Sheets, news analyses, and nurses’ voices.
Results: Although the international community and government provided for physical needs, many of the earthquake survivors relied on the compassion and innovation of local hospital nurses, fellow citizens, and religious communities. For the nurses, the authority that being nurses gave them, their innovation, and self-reliance propelled them into duty.
Conclusion: Although Taiwan received an outpouring of international aid, the disaster proved grim. The rugged geography and geopolitical strains complicated the effectiveness of international aid as it arrived hours after the earthquake. The “921” earthquake has significantly affected Taiwan’s national psyche.