What Can the U.S. Learn From How South Korea Responded to COVID-19

Website by Dennis Chang

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My research question for this project is: How did the South Korea government successfully react to and manage COVID-19? This topic is important for everyone, and there are a lot of lessons that we can learn from living through a pandemic. South Korea is the one of those few countries that were able to successfully manage and come out with the effective plans for COVID-19. As a student who came from South Korea, I was able to experience how South Korean governments handled the situation. South Korea’s success is in its public policies, aimed at detecting the most COVID-19 cases as quickly as possible. At the beginning of the outbreak of the COVID-19, South Korean government provided a lot of support to each private company in South Korea to develop a testing kit and contact tracing apps, which later helped in decreasing the spread of the virus. What if the U.S. government used the plans that South Korea used in order to minimize the spread of the virus?

I made a website to present my findings. In the introduction section, I explain why I chose South Korea as an example, and the questions that I want to ask and answer while working on this project. In the second page, I explain what plans and techniques that South Korean governments used to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in South Korea. In the interviews/gallery sections, I compare how people in the U.S. and South Korea think about their government’s action during this pandemic. In the gallery sections, you will see how people’s lives changed since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in South Korea. In the conclusion section, I wrote down what I have learned while working on this project and the rise of hate crimes against minorities group in the U.S. since the beginning of the COVID-19.

I held a zoom meeting to interview my friends in the U.S. and South Korea to gather information about my questions. Secondary sources provided a useful and detail information about what plans that the South Korean government used and explained how they were able to stop the spread of the COVID-19, faster and effective than any other wealthy countries.


Kim, JuneHo, et al. “Emerging COVID-19 Success Story: South Korea Learned the Lessons of MERS – Our World in Data.” Our World in Data, Exemplars in Global Health , 5 Mar. 2021, https://ourworldindata.org/covid-exemplar-south-korea.

Yan, Wudan, and Ann Babe. “What Should the U.S. Learn from South Korea’s Covid-19 Success?” Undark Magazine, https://www.facebook.com/undarkmagazine/, 5 Oct. 2020, https://undark.org/2020/10/05/south-korea-covid-19-success/.

“Bloomberg – Are You a Robot?” Bloomberg – Are You a Robot?, Bloomberg Businessweek, 10 Dec. 2020, https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2020-south-korea-covid-strategy/.

authors, All, et al. “Smart Korea: Governance for Smart Justice during a Global Pandemic.” Taylor & Francis, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09669582.2020.1777143.

Hansen, Claire. “What Is a Hate Crime?” U.S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report, 27 Apr. 2021, http://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/what-is-a-hate-crime.

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