Past Event

Pandemics and Politics: Diverse Response to COVID-19 Crisis in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and the United States

November 18, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Zoom Webinar

Speaker: Xiaogang Wu, Yufeng Global Professor of Social Science, and the Founding Director of Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER), the Head of Social Science Area at NYU Shanghai; Professor of Sociology, New York University

Moderator: Qin Gao, Professor and Director of China Center for Social Policy, Columbia School of Social Work

Since the first case was identified in Wuhan, COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly across the world, causing an unprecedented public health crisis in human history. In the global fight against COVID-19, various public health measures have been implemented, affecting billions of people’s day-to-day lives. Yet the feasibility and effectiveness of those measures vary across different sociocultural contexts and political regimes.

This lecture provides preliminary results from the surveys we conducted in Wuhan during the city’s lockdown period (Feb-March 2020, N=4,234), in Hong Kong (August 2020, N=1,890), and the United States (Oct-Nov 2020, N=4,407), and their follow-ups in March 2021. It will focus on the communities and trust in government across societies to offer some theoretical and empirical insights to explain the diverse responses to, and implications of, this global crisis.

This event is co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, The China Center for Social Policy, and the School of Social Work.

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