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Izzy 穆戈
I want to dedicate a thread to regular Chinese people who stepped up to fill in the gaps, helping fellow citizens in this fight against the . These stories don’t make international headlines. But they are still important.1⃣️
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
Replying to @Izzy_Niu
A group of volunteers are helping people with disabilities in Wuhan buy groceries, they're also providing mental health support, accessibility information and masks. 2⃣️
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
Replying to @Izzy_Niu
some tech workers started A2N, a grassroots fact-checking network. They want to be an alternative to official sources and get information to small towns & villages through location-specific WeChat groups. I watched it grow ten fold in size in 2 weeks 3⃣️
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
Replying to @Izzy_Niu
Volunteers collected surveys from Beijing sanitation workers and found only 20% of them were given the right kind of masks. They started a campaign to donate masks to sanitation workers and delivery drivers.4⃣️
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
Replying to @Izzy_Niu
Shanghai resident Ji Jinliang and his family were in Japan for vacation during lunar new year. With the help of two Japanese colleagues, they went to multiple cities, purchased 40,000 masks and mailed them to hospitals in Wuhan and around China. 5⃣️
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
Replying to @Izzy_Niu
Countless online volunteer groups sprang up to connect journalists w/ sources, collect/get donations to Wuhan hospitals. Many of these organizers are young, from all walks of life. Some spent 16+ hours a day online coordinating resources.6⃣️
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
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This one requires contexts to understand: A woman managed to get her donations (worth 40K RMB) directly to a Wuhan hospital, bypassing the notoriously slow Wuhan Red Cross. She did this by live-posting the whole process on Weibo to her 1.3M followers. 7⃣️
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
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After Wuhan was put under lockdown, thousands of volunteer drivers helped doctors and nurses get to hospitals; other residents to work, school. This video features one of them, a 28-year-old woman from Wuhan.8⃣ article:
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
Replying to @Izzy_Niu
volunteers made this video guide for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. the video explains how to reduce the risks of contracting the coronavirus 9⃣️
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
Replying to @Izzy_Niu
this one is more well-known: A farmer named Hao Jin worked at a mask factory last year. The factory owed him ~4K dollars in wages and gave him 15K masks as payment. He donated all of them after the outbreak. 🔟
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
Replying to @Izzy_Niu
Lots more stories like these. the coronavirus outbreak may be the first national disaster in China broadcasted online. It reveals persisting structural issues and shows the importance of a vibrant civil society, in good times, and in times of crises. 🔚
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Izzy 穆戈 Feb 7
Replying to @Izzy_Niu
one more note: state media/government like to feature individual heroes during a crisis, using them to create a specific, positive narrative. But this time, under those videos/articles, I'm seeing many comments along the lines of "Chinese people deserve better than this govt."
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