How a collectivistic society won the first battle against COVID-19: Vietnam and their “weapons”

Auteurs / autrices : Dinh Phuong Linh & Ho Thanh Tam.

Production : Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.

Diffusion : site de Taylor and Francis online :

Date : 18 décembre 2020.

COVID-19 pandemic has been happening in more than 200 countries and territories, urging application of health measures and prevention strategies all over the world. Despite limited resources and geographical proximity to Wuhan, China where coronavirus first outbroke, over the last few months, Vietnam’s low-cost model against COVID-19 has been a success with the number of infected staying under 420 cases, community infection being in control and no death due to COVID-19 recorded. The Government of Vietnam has been very timely in the pandemic prevention, issuing quick and decisive policy responses, and strictly applying health measures … The government’s pandemic prevention strategy has fitted with Vietnamese society’s collectivism culture. That Vietnamese society is a collectivistic one has also brought the two means utilized by Vietnam’s government, which are mass media and grassroots management system, into full play in the country’s pandemic prevention. Though the government’s control strategy has certainly exerted constrains on people’s lives, that Vietnamese people complied with the government’s actions has been the main reason for Vietnam’s success in coping with the first wave of COVID-19.

Référence : Dinh Phuong Linh & Ho Thanh Tam (2020) How a collectivistic society won the first battle against COVID-19: Vietnam and their “weapons”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 21:4, 506-520, DOI: 10.1080/14649373.2020.1831811

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