Westerners have often oversimplified the Chinese symbol for “crisis” to mean danger and opportunity, when in fact, it means “danger at an incipient moment” (Zimmer, 2007). Linguists argue whether “the moment” is neutral or has a positive inflection in its original language. A crisis is an incipient moment–a moment when change begins and has the potential for harm and growth. Part I of this article will address the threat, the emotional and social impact, and Part II, to follow, will discuss the potential to respond with or build resilience in the response of Covid-19.
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