South Korea has been able to assert itself a leader and model in the response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a site of early community spread before the pandemic reached global proportions, Korea quickly put in place systematic measures for effectively containing the virus, by manufacturing and disseminating test kits, creating convenient testing sites for the general population, and implementing an effective contact tracing network. Despite the new emergence of new clusters linked to Itaewon clubs in Seoul, daily confirmed cases remain relatively low. After a lengthy period of state-imposed social distancing, schools, shops, and even baseball stadiums have begun to reopen under much safer conditions, giving hope to other nations around the world facing increasingly serious challenges.
In order to discuss and answer questions from the public on how South Korea was able to establish quickly as a leader in COVID-19 response and to mute the deadly curve, the Center for Critical Korean Studies at UCI is hosting this unique webinar bringing together perspectives from governmental, scientific, and business communities. Pre-registration is required. Co-sponsored by Humanities Center, Department of East Asian Studies, and Center for Asian Studies. Open to the public.
- Tyrus Miller
Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine
- Insang Hwang
Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles
- Helen Cha Roberts
President of Seegene Technologies
- Sunmin Lee
Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine