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China’s SARS Crisis and ‘Community-Based’ Quarantine

  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Abbr : JAPS
  • 2023, 30(1), pp.43-77
  • DOI : 10.18107/japs.2023.30.1.002
  • Publisher : Institute of Global Affairs
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Received : February 12, 2023
  • Accepted : March 21, 2023
  • Published : March 30, 2023

Lee, Dongjin 1

1경북대학교

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ABSTRACT

Although the Chinese government faced a crisis due to the cover-up of SARS in the early stage, it succeeded in escaping the SARS crisis by operating the ‘total quarantine’ system in the later period. The ‘total quarantine’ system worked in the lower levels as well as in the upper levels of the Chinese Communist Party and government. When the policy change of the upper levels was communicated to the lower levels, in the lower levels, grassroots cadres voluntarily shut down- Blocking with the outside was carried out. In the SARS crisis, the weakness of rural medical infrastructure was highlighted. In rural areas, the role of grassroots cadres centered on the village committee was important, and farmers were also aware of the crisis, total quarantine at the village level, that is, community-based quarantine was able to carry out. However, China’s community-based quarantine, like the total quarantine system itself, does not lead to voluntary participation by citizens in the case of cities, and in the case of rural areas, the dedication of grassroots officials and voluntary participation of farmers are possible. Even so, since the quarantine system based on temporary resource mobilization is not sustainable in the long run, with the transition to a community-based quarantine system centered on citizens’ participation, in other words, from grassroots-level government to grassroots-level governance, expansion of medical infrastructure in the grassroots, especially in rural areas, should be preceded.

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