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China's Zero-Covid Policy: Six Keywords to Understand the Aftermath
China’s Zero-Covid Policy: Six Keywords to Understand the Aftermath Featuring: Eileen Chow (Duke University); Ting Guo (Chinese University of Hong Kong); Neysun Mahboubi (University of Pennsylvania); Victor Shih (UC, San Diego); Gina Tam (Trinity University); Jeffrey Wasserstrom (UUC Irvine); and moderated by Michael Berry (UCLA) From early 2020 through 2022, China maintained extraordinarily strict policies related to COVID-19; these included city-wide lockdowns, mandatory heath QR codes, regular testing for all citizens in urban centers, strict quarantining of COVID-positive patients, and extensive travel regulations, including testing and isolating. Then on December 7, 2022, the government announced the suspension of many of these policies, including compulsory PCR tests and mandatory detention of COVID-positive patients. Five days later, health code apps were taken offline, effectively ending China’s Zero-Covid policy. Since then, China has seen a massive wave of COVID-19 cases, which have strained the country’s health care system, led to a shortage of medication, and a surge in deaths due to illness.

This panel brings together specialists from the fields of legal studies, cultural studies, gender studies, political science, history, and literature to examine the dramatic changes that have swept China since Zero-Covid ended. Each speaker will focus briefly on a different “keyword” or “concept” central to our understanding of China’s current political, cultural, economic, and medical landscape, taking up in turn “borders,” “gender,” “long tails,” “globalization,” “policy processes,” and “legal advocacy.” Much of the session will be devoted to exchanges between panelists and Q&A.


Feb 22, 2023 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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