Journal article

Resilience, vulnerability and adaptability: A qualitative study of COVID-19 lockdown experiences in two Henan villages, China

Xiao Tan, Yao Song, Tianyang Liu

PLoS One | Public Library of Science (PLoS) | Published : 2021


Background: The Chinese government’s early handling of COVID-19 has been perceived as aggressive and oppressive. Many of the most radical measures were adopted in Henan province, immediately north of Hubei, the pandemic’s epicentre in China. However, little is known about how rural residents—a group systematically disadvantaged in Chinese society—responded to authorities’ draconian restrictions. Methods: To understand the lockdown measures and rural community responses at the grassroots level, face-to-face interviewers were conducted with both village cadres and villagers from two Henan villages in May and June 2020. The interviews were analysed with qualitative content analysis methods, w..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by National Social Science Fund (CN), Youth Project

Funding Acknowledgements

XT received the Arts Collaborative Research Seed Funding of the University of Melbourne. TL received the National Social Science Fund (CN), Youth Project, 20CZZ014. The funders provided support in the form of salaries for authors XT and TL, but did not have any additional role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. The specific roles of the authors are articulated in the `author contributions' section.