How Has COVID-19 Impacted Both China and the U.S.?
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For my SIP I compared the reactions of the people in the U.S. to the reactions of the people in China towards Covid-19 and showed how that has affected larger case numbers in the U.S. compared to China. Hence, some of the research questions that I asked and answered are how does culture and historical context in each country play into the reactions of China and the U.S., specifically analyzing past epidemics in China such as SARS and additionally I talked about Confucian ideals. As for the U.S. I discussed ideas of freedom and individualism and how those played a part in mental and physical reactions of the people, as well as discussing the importance of constitutional rights to Americans. I also discussed forms of prejudice that are reflected by both people in the U.S. and China in correlation to Covid-19 and how this impacted certain groups of people. Additionally, I discussed leadership and how these governments reactions also impacted the people’s reactions to Covid-19, as well as how the media has played a part in people’s ideas of the pandemic. I decided to have a more creative take to my SIP, therefore I wrote my SIP in the form of a documentary script. I also sent out several surveys asking questions in order to receive personal accounts and reactions. I sent out surveys in English. I also sent out a survey in Chinese but they reproduced limited results. I used these interviews in my documentary to appear as documentary “interviews”, which included a variety of views and people from different locations. Other types of resources I used to help craft my documentary were Kalamazoo College’s library database, the WHO database, and CDC database. I became more interested in taking a documentary form to my SIP after talking with one of the directors of the documentary series, Pandemic.