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What Political Science Can Teach Us About How Different Countries Are Handling COVID-19 — Global Dispatches

This podcast episode features Sofia Fenner, an assistant professor of political science at Bryn Mawr College. She uses comparative politics to explain why some countries are handling the COVID-19 better than others. 

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Enduring Our Unendurable New Normal — The Interpreter, The New York Times

This article describes the differences in reactions between more stable countries—like the United States and the United Kingdom—and politically unstable, war-torn countries, like Afghanistan and Syria. Individuals living in less stable areas more often accept that their conditions are out of their control and therefore tend to live in the moment and listen to guidelines about sheltering in place because they are already used to everyday uncertainty. In contrast, people who live in more privileged areas are more likely to believe that they have control over their lives and therefore have a more difficult time to adjusting and following orders. 

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A New World Through My Window — The New Yorker

"A New World Through My Window" is a personal essay written by Olga Tokarczuk who is from Wroclaw, Poland. Tokarczuk writes about what she sees as she looks out her window during quarantine as well as her thoughts and fears about what is to become of the world after the pandemic. 

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What Social Distance Looks Like Across the World — The Atlantic Selects

The Atlantic features a short documentary called Social Distance, which shows how people from 30 different countries have been going about their day during the COVID-19 quarantine. The filmmakers, Ivan Cash and Jacob Jonas, created the documentary by editing videos that people submitted. Additionally, the score, which was written by Steve Hackman, is a compilation of musicians around the world who received Hackman's sheet music and then recorded themselves playing. 

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The Rich Really Are Different. They Can Shelter in Nicer Places — NPR Morning Edition

This segment of NPR's Morning Edition highlights the immense disparities between the rich and the working class during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as some of the tone deaf responses from the wealthy on social media.

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Communicating Across Cultures, Five Tips in the COVID19 Age — LinkedIn

This article, written by John Knipfing for LinkedIn, provides useful tips on how to avoid miscommunication during virtual conversations. 

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I'm scared to let my son wear a mask. But I'm scared for him not to... — Rage Against the Minivan (Blog)

In this blog post, "a mom of a tall black 15-year-old" describes her fear of her son wearing a mask in public (because of racial bias, profiling, and violence) in conjunction with her fear of him risking illness by not wearing one. Her conflicted thoughts/emotions represent how many Black Americans are currently feeling as the pandemic continues to disproportionately impact marginalized communities. 

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AARCC (Purdue) Teach-In Resources

The Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) has compiled resources that aim to help instructors/professors address anti-Asian racism, bias, and violence that has occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Effects on marginalized communities

The two articles linked in this post demonstrate both the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on marginalized communities and how those communities have responded. The first article from The Atlantic ("Why Don't We Know Who the Coronavirus Victims Are?) highlights the lack of statistics on communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. The second article from Yes Magazine ("12 Ways Communities Are Taking Care of Each Other During the Pandemic") shows how communities who face systemic oppression and are often forgotten by our institutions are sharing resources and helping each other through the crisis. 

The juxtaposition of these two articles demonstrates how culture leads us to respond in particular ways and how we shape culture through our actions. Additionally, they show how power and equity affect our actions and responses. 

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Coronavirus is Changing the Rituals of Death For Many Religions — NPR

This article discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted death and funeral rituals around the world. Many families and friends who recently lost a loved one are facing delayed burials or required social distancing at funerals. 

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Gen Z Under Lockdown: How They're Coping, From TikTok to Virtual Drinks

This article, written by Isabella Gomez Sarmiento for NPR, looks at how teens and young adults—Generation Z—are handling lockdowns that have occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarmiento interviewed young people from or living in South Korea, Italy, the United States, Spain, Mexico, and Chile.

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#Cinemadacasa, Culture against COVID-19 — UNESCO

This article describes the #Cinemadacasa initiative in Rome, in which images from a variety of films are projected onto buildings throughout the city every night. This initiative serves as a way to uplift citizens and pay homage to Rome's connection to the film industry. 

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How COVID-19 is Challenging Cultures — Rough Translation (podcast)

An episode of the NPR podcast Rough Translation features conversations with international correspondents about how culture is affecting responses to COVID-19. 

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Coronavirus: Queen tells UK 'we will succeed' in fight — BBC News

This article summarizes Queen Elizabeth II's message to the United Kingdom in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the exception of her annual Christmas Day message, the Queen rarely gives speeches, so this was considered a significant event and demonstrates the cultural influence of the monarchy in the United Kingdom. 

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Finland, 'Prepper Nation of the Nordics,' Isn't Worried About Masks — The New York Times

This article, written by Christian Anderson and Henrik Pryser Libell for The New York Times, highlights Finland's stockpile of medical supplies, which they have been building since the 1950s. Anderson and Libell say that the stockpile is a holdover from the Cold War era and also demonstrates a unique cultural value within the country. 

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From Mexico's newest superhero to Iran's most elegant hand-washer: Watch how countries are promoting coronavirus safety — The Washington Post

This visual story, composed by Mary Beth Sheridan for The Washington Post, demonstrates how countries across the world are promoting safety through PSAs about the coronavirus. The PSAs are tailored to cultural norms and traditions. Countries featured within the article include Mexico, Vietnam, Thailand, Egypt, Iran, Senegal, Uganda, and Guatemala.

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