Tianyang Lu is an Associate Professor at the School of Politics and Public Administration at Wuhan University. He has published widely on politics, security, and health in China. His current research focuses on international politics and the geopolitics of China, with special interests in political sociology, critical security studies, and critical geography.
In China, patients, their relatives, or organised groups sometimes resort to ‘medical disturbances’ ( 医闹 , yi nao ) as a way of expressing grievances. Drawing on existing scholarly accounts and our recent research, this essay provides reflections on this phenomenon through the lens of patient activism.