The Confucius Institute U.S. Center declared the launch of a program for interpretation administrations and language resources to medical centers all over the United States. This undertaking tries to address the need of those in the medicinal network to comprehend different social norms given the joint collaboration for tending to the spread of coronavirus.
The losses of life from the coronavirus has crossed 71,450, bringing up more issues on finding a solution for the epidemic. The quickly expanding cases have made it a deadlier epidemic than SARS, which made it to headlines in 2002-2003. Although the World Health Organization has shared that coronavirus cases are balancing out, however, the losses are not coming slow.
According to Gao Qing, ‘Executive Director of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center’, “As a community of Chinese language learners, educators, and professionals, the coronavirus outbreak hits close to home. With bilingual expertise and a global educational network, including a number of medical schools around the world, we recognize we are in a unique position to offer support.”
Describing the role of such organizations in a health crisis, Anne Schuchat, ‘Principal Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control’, said, “The communication aspects of an emerging infection are really critical to both understand concerns and communicate effectively to the different groups.”
She further added that “this outbreak is occurring in the context of not just 24/7 news but of social media, on a level probably many of us couldn’t imagine when we were dealing with SARS in 2003.”
Schuchat underscored that getting factual data through trusted channels is essential to influenced people and communities. She stated, “We know that in many outbreaks, different populations become stigmatized, and that’s a thing we’re already worried about here in the U.S. and around the world–somebody coming back from this community or that community may be treated differently when they try to reenter their school or workplace, and businesses in a certain neighborhood might be boycotted. So, I think the language and cultural competency of an organization like yours can be an asset to this type of response.”
About The Confucius Institute U.S. Center
The Confucius Institute U.S. Center is a philanthropic association that underpins the instructing of Chinese language and culture in the United States and also offers “educational exchanges between China and the United States.”
Some of the programs offered by the institution include:
- Chinese Calligraphy
- Chinese Painting
- Hands-on Chinese Crafts
- Chinese Game Club
- Cultural Festivals and Events
- Chinese Cooking
- East / West Medicine
- Chinese Dance
According to a testimonial, “People connecting with people, unbarred by barriers, unfettered by borders, across countries, spanning oceans, transcending generations and time, sharing in a warm moment, trusting one-another, chancing friendship in our coincidental meeting there, on the streets of Beijing. My sincere thanks to the Confucius Institute for sharing with me the possibilities of chance”
“Participating in this multi-dimensional trip, especially with its focus on opportunities to connect with people, and attending the fascinating 13th Annual International CI Conference truly helped me to become more aware, appreciative, and understanding of the global impact that the CI institutes have all over the world”.