Wǒ Men Podcast: Journalist Yuli Yang on Her #GoWuhan Campaign

When her hometown went into lockdown, Yuli Yang decided to help send messages of hope and support from around the world to Wuhan citizens

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7:11 PM HKT, Mon March 23, 2020

The Wǒ Men Podcast is a discussion of life in China hosted by Yajun Zhang, Jingjing Zhang and Karoline Kan. Previous episodes of the Wǒ Men Podcast can be found here, and you can subscribe to Wǒ Men on iTunes here.

Yuli Yang, a journalist born and raised in Wuhan, shared with us her #GoWuhan social media campaign launched right after the Covid-19 outbreak began making international headlines.

She and a group of volunteers translated kind and encouraging Twitter and Facebook messages from all over the world to the Wuhan people into Chinese and published them on Chinese social media platform Weibo. This campaign aimed to boost the spirits of the people living in the epicenter of the disease and has received more than 3.3 million view on Weibo.


She also shared her views on why she feels that Chinese people are much more tolerant and comply with extreme measures, such as lockdowns, employed by the Chinese government, compared with those in other countries.

This interview was conducted one week before the podcast was released. Within a week, many things have changed. The number of infections from the novel coronavirus Covid-19 significantly increased in Europe and in North America, and many countries started to employ lockdown measures as well.

Listen below on Mixcloud, or find Wǒ Men on iTunes here.

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