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Local media features COVID-19 panel hosted by the China Studies Program and East Asia Center

February 27, 2020

Jackson School COVID19 panel event
Over 130 members of the UW community and public gathered on Feb. 25 at the HUB to discuss COVID-19 with Jackson School and other UW faculty. Photo credit: Monique Thormann

“We need to stay calm and to learn things from China and other countries who have experienced this before,” said Madeleine Dong, Chair of the China Studies Program at the Jackson School, on Feb. 25 to over 130 members of the UW community and public gathered in a sold-out event at the HUB on “China and COVID-19 Coronavirus: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on an Epidemic.”

One of the messages on the coronavirus was to not discriminate against Chinese Americans out of fear.

Professor of International Studies David Bachman and Assistant Professor of China Studies Clair Yang also featured as part of the seven-person panel discussion hosted by China Studies and the East Asia Center with co-sponsorship by the Center for Global Studies, to address the economic, historical, legal, medical, political and societal implications of the outbreak of Covid-19. Four other faculty from History, Law, Political Science and Public Health shared their insights on key issues of the coronavirus.

Below is media coverage of the event, including interviews with Dong and Bachman:

KING 5:  University of Washington scholars discuss Covid-19 impacts worldwide

KUOW: Panel discussion at UW covers coronavirus and misplaced fear

KOMO 4: Local experts push for more preparation to confront coronavirus

Q13: Concern over the spread of novel coronavirus