Bottom-Up Resilience? Civil Society Responses under COVID-19 (Part I)

During the COVID-19 crisis, community self-help and mutual support have become critical to the survival of many individuals, lending a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable populations in our society. In contrast to the government or institutional responses, they represent the agency and ability of the civil society groups to mobilize in times of crisis—a process that has proven to be effective in other disaster scenarios. As the first of a two-part series, this webinar brings together researchers and organizers from Hong Kong, Manila, Melbourne, Shanghai, and Singapore to highlight exemplary efforts in the respective locations. Through short presentations followed by a roundtable discussion, the session explores what these efforts have in common and how they respond to specific social and institutional contexts. It further examines the implications of the civil society efforts during COVID-19 for long-term social resilience in the Pacific Rim.

This webinar is organized by APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub and the Pacific Rim Community Design Network.

The co-organizers of the webinar include Prof Jeffrey Hou, University of Washington, Assi Prof Shu-Mei Huang, National Taiwan University, and Assoc Prof Elizabeth Maly, Tohoku University.

Revisit the webinar on YouTube

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Date and Time

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

10 am (Hong Kong/ Manila/ Shanghai/ Singapore/ Taipei) & 12 pm (Melbourne)

Monday, July 6 , 2020

7 pm (Los Angeles/ Seattle)

Duration: 90 minutes

Additional Information

  • This webinar is open to the public and will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.

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  • The views, information, or opinions expressed during webinars are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees. APRU is not responsible for and does not verify for accuracy of any of the information contained in the series.

Yang Bao
Dinghaiquiao Mutual Aid Society

Yang Bao is a member of Dinghaiqiao Mutual Aid Society, a Shanghai-based commoning initiative for alternative art, social and relational practices. Yang recently graduated from San Francisco Art Institute. She is interested in the growing wave of social engagement in contemporary art and the how the creativity of art applies to broader social practices.

Shuyun Cao
Dinghaiquiao Mutual Aid Society

Shuyun Cao is a member of Dinghaiqiao Mutual Aid Society, a Shanghai-based commoning initiative for alternative art, social and relational practices. Shuyun received her master’s degree in Urban Studies at the University College London and is active in exploring art/activism, creative place-making and guerrilla urbanism.

Tessa Maria Guazon
Assistant Professor, Department of Art Studies University of the Philippines Diliman

Tessa Maria Guazon is a curator and Assistant Professor at the Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman. She teaches, writes, and curates contemporary art projects. Her research and curatorial interests span contemporary art and the public sphere, art production, and cultural programs in Asian cities.

Bernard Lee
Fixing HK

Fixing HK was formed during the 2014 Umbrella Movement. We provide repair services in Tokwawan, one of the poorest districts in Hong Kong. Our mission is to “fix hearts as we fix homes!” – utilizing the access the repair works give us to engage in conversations that connect everyday concerns of the grassroots to the city’s struggle for democracy.

Iderlina Mateo-Babiano
Senior Lecturer The University of Melbourne

Iderlina Mateo-Babiano is Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and part of the Place Agency Consortium She is an architect, urban planner, and transport planner by training. Her research focuses on improving our understanding of how people interact with place to create unique challenges and opportunities for positive place-based change.

Tan Beng Kiang
Registered architect and Associate Professor, National University of Singapore ​

Tan Beng Kiang is a registered architect and Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore. Her teaching and research interests are in participatory community design & planning, service learning, community development, design for aging, and social and environmentally sustainable housing. Her studio project received the 2018 Pacific Rim Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design.

Jeffrey Hou (Moderator)
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of Urban Commons Lab University of Washington

Jeffrey Hou is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of Urban Commons Lab at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work addresses the intersection of community engagement, activism, democracy, and public space. Hou is a co-founder and coordinator for the Pacific Rim Community Design Network.

Kian Goh (Discussant)
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning University of California, Los Angeles

Kian Goh is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. She researches urban ecological design, spatial politics, and social mobilization in the context of climate change and global urbanization.