Jin Yun Chow is currently a third year doctoral candidate at Stanford University’s department of Comparative Literature. She studies the language politics between Arabic, French, and Vietnamese in former colonies of the French empire through looking at fiction and poetry. Her research interests include 20th-21st century North African Francophone and Arabophone literature, Indochinese Francophone Literature, and Francophone language politics. She is a huge language nerd, and the main languages that she works with are French, Chinese and Arabic.
Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic
Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic
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March 24th, 2020. COVID-19 has spread to at least 163 countries. Authorities worldwide report more than 375,000 confirmed cases of infection, and almost 16,500 deaths. As of two days ago, nearly every U.S. state has declared state of emergency, and it is estimated that 1 in every 3 Americans are currently living under lockdown. Severe restrictions have been imposed on travel, international or otherwise; businesses are laying off workers; supermarkets are experiencing shortages. Last week, a record 3.28 million unemployment claims have been filed in the United States alone. Life is already looking and feeling quite different from anything most of us have experienced before.
Parents will not take their kids on that long-planned vacation. Families will not meet on Sunday at the risk of infecting the most vulnerable. Athletes will hold off practice, musicians will not tour, restaurants will operate—if they do at all—without waiters. And we could go on. The economic impact is already enormous, and is likely to increase. The numbers of the crisis are staggering; but how can we qualify the lived impact of COVID-19?
Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic is a Digital Humanities initiative sponsored by the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford University. Launched in March 2020 by three doctoral students and a group of undergraduates, LiQ is an online community platform that addresses the transformations we’re experiencing in the age of COVID-19.
At the core of the project, we have an open, online historical archive that houses personal written accounts in a wide range of languages from various countries. These stories document how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the lives of people from various backgrounds across the globe. Additionally, our website provides a space for different types of creative expression; personal stories, creative writing, blogs, and visual art.
Our website is designed as an open education resource for students, educators, governments, organizations, and businesses to promote cultural solidarity and global interconnectedness with inclusivity at its center. We’re constantly striving to make our content as representative as possible and we can’t do this without the engagement and participation of our communities. Your voice matters!
If you would like to collaborate or have any suggestions about initiatives we could feature on our site, don’t hesitate to contact our team at email@example.com.
8/25/2020 Update: The Stanford Daily interviewed our project managers about the origins and goal of Life in Quarantine. Read it here.
8/7/2020 Update: We have launched a brand new website featuring a fresh design and introducing a host of exciting features. Check it out!.
7/29/2020 Update: Life in Quarantineis now partnering with New Orleans' NoiseFilter podcast. The first episode featuring this collaboration was aired today. Learn more here.
6/22/2020 Update: Our archive has already published over 250 stories from around the world. We are currently designing a brand new website with a new look, new features and exciting collaborations, to be launched this Summer. We will not be updating the current website but we are still receiving submissions, and have quite a few new ones that we will post on the new site.
6/8/2020 Update: Our project ha been mentioned in an article published on the PBLworks website!
5/16/2020 Update: Our archive has already published over one hundred stories from 18 countries, in 8 languages. Our submission form is available in 12 languages, with more to come.
4/20/2020 Update: We have launched our first non-English submission form, in Portuguese. French and Mandarin are next, and our team is working on Spanish, Dutch, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic, and Italian versions.
4/19/2020 Update: The first version of our online archive finally went live.
4/15/2020 Update: We will launch the first version of our website shortly, featuring the first round of responses. Stay tuned!