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October 12, 2020

Civic Resilience During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 crisis, community self-help and mutual support have become critical to the survival of many individuals, lending a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable populations in our society. In contrast to the government or institutional responses, they represent the agency and ability of the civil society groups to mobilize in times of crisis—a process that has proven to be effective in other disaster scenarios. The first of this two-part webinar series brings together researchers and organizers from Hong Kong, Manila, Melbourne, Shanghai, and Singapore to highlight exemplary efforts in the respective locations. Through short presentations followed by a roundtable discussion, the session explores what these efforts have in common and how they respond to specific social and institutional contexts. It further examines the implications of the civil society efforts during COVID-19 for long-term social resilience in the Pacific Rim. Part two drills into the challenges facing the marginalized populations during the pandemic. This session brings together researchers and organizers from Hong Kong, Taipei, and Tokyo to highlight efforts of both supporting organizations and the marginalized social groups during COVID-19. Through short presentations followed by a roundtable discussion, the session explores both the agency of marginalized groups to engage in self-help initiatives and the challenges faced by supporting organizations. It further explores the implications of these efforts for long-term social resilience in the Pacific Rim.