Crisis and Response: the cultural underpinnings of action

15 Sep 2020

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (GMT +08:00)

Prof. HUANG Yu

Dean of School of Communication and Professor of Department of Journalism, HKBU

Prof. Huang Yu received his Ph.D. from the University of Westminster, UK in 1993. Since 1994, he has been teaching in the School of Communication. He has been appointed as Associate Vice President, Hong Kong Baptist University effective from 1 January, 2014. His current research interests include Mass media in Hong Kong and mainland China, Media representation/construction, Social relation and media changes, Political economy of media/communication studies, News/media and social development, Media and Chinese.

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Ms. Hung HUANG

TV Host, Writer and Chief executive of China Interactive Media Group

Hung Huang is an author, blogger, media figure and a publisher. Huang has been concerned with women’s issues since 2003 when SINA blog was the most influential platform for new thinking in China. Her blog challenged traditional concepts of gender in China and encouraged a generation of women to fight for gender equality. Between 2005 and 2016, Hung Huang devoted herself to promoting local Chinese fashion designers. She was the publisher and editor of a local fashion magazine called iLook. She was also the founder of the first designer concept store in China. In 2017, Huang was shocked by the backlash to encourage Chinese women to adapt Confucius’ thoughts on gender behavior. She launched a podcast called “Girl’s Power” top talk about feminism and women’s issues.

Abstract: The coronavirus is non-dissimilatory in terms of who it hits, regardless of race, gender or culture, but it has created a cultural and racial conflict scene around the world that makes it extremely important and necessary to discuss cultural tolerance and acceptance. An ethnically and culturally diverse world faces the challenge of maintaining harmonious relations among people and nations.

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Dr. Lun ZHANG

Professor of Cergy Paris University and the Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH), Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese-Future website

COVID-19, anti-pandemic and culture

Abstract: The pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 has been sweeping around the globe, which is one of the most important hallmarks for the era we are currently in. To some extent, it has been likened to the outbreak of the two world wars, reshaping every aspect of our lives. However, this kind of change cannot be made in a thorough and absolute manner. This is due to the fact that human beings are habitually born with chains of behavior which are socialized by culture norms and social systems, and it perpetuates. Responding to the crisis with the existing cultural and institutional paradigms is what we are doing now, while reviewing and reforming the culture could be a way out that we find during and after the crisis. And eventually, we would take up the challenges and develop the culture by means of fitting in the climate of the new world.

Culture is a system of norms and symbols for people to perceive the world, adapt and transform the environment. It is a way of communicating with each other, and its core is a value system that determines right and wrong, good and evil. Therefore, different cultures will have different performances and different results in response to the pandemic.

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Dr. Rose LUQIU

Assistant Professor, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University

Luwei Rose Luqiu, an assistant professor at the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University. She researches censorship, propaganda and social movements in authoritarian regimes. She has been a journalist for 20 years and was a 2007 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She received her PhD in mass communication from Pennsylvania State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Fudan University.

Civic Spirit in Hong Kong during the Pandemic

The pandemic brought people together in a united front against a common enemy. There is also a spirit of civic pride, duty and cooperation.  SARS brought about a rise in public-health awareness and a sense of civic responsibility toward preventing illness, as well as an increased investment in health care and research.  When news merged of a mystery outbreak in mainland China, Hong Kong people began taking measures and successfully helping to stave off the explosion of infection.

Driven by anger, shortage of supply and compassion for the weak, the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of citizens emerged in Hong Kong during the pandemic. It demonstrated the importance of citizens playing their part as solution providers to tackle public problems. For example, volunteers set up temporary handmade mask factories and sewed reusable protective face masks for those who couldn’t access or afford them.

The spirit of Hong Kong is most vividly displayed in this crisis. Citizens act swiftly, collectively and efficiently to save themselves effectively in the face of the crisis facing society as a whole and the lag in government decision-making.

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The opinions expressed by the speakers represent their own views, and do not reflect HKBU’s position.


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