Published: Nov. 9, 2021
Photos of Korea's Response to COVID including street sanitizers, vaccine vial against flag, a woman in hanbok and mask praying against lanterns, Korean royal guards wearing masks, people social distancing. A square for decoration and the opposing side shows collage of America's Response: Person riding bike in white flags for covid victims, a covid patient being loaded into ambulance, person crying over casket with flag over it, A vaccine protest at a capitol, more protestors.

Autopsy of a Failed State: What South Korea's Successful COVID Response Teaches Us About America's Broken Politics with Dr. Tony Robinson

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 | 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Student Commons 2600 and livestreaming * Masks required at indoor events


Though South Korea and the USA diagnosed their first COVID case on the same day, the USA exploded into the world’s worst COVID disaster, while South Korea kept the disease under control. With 52 million people, Korea today reports 2709 deaths (1 death per 20,000 people).  The USA reports 732,000 deaths among its 329 million people (1 death per 450 people). What explains these widely divergent results and what can a comparison of South Korea and America’s COVID response teach about the political landscape of both countries?


This talk will draw on Professor Tony Robinson’s recent sabbatical year living in South Korea.


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