COVID-19 and Political Polarization: Notes on Australia’s Chinese Communities

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Mobo Gao

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In this article I draw from my personal observations as a participant in two WeChat groups; a group with my university classmates most of whom are now residents of Australia, and the other a skilled migrant group based in South Australia. I explore the main narrative threads of these two groups in relation to their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic during the first half of 2020. I argue that the COVID-19 pandemic sharpened the political polarization that exists between denouncers of the People’s Republic of China [PRC] and their detractors, and also underlined particular moral dilemmas.grants from the PRC. 

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The Great Dis-Equalizer: the Covid-19 Crisis Special Issue (Essays)