2013 Sichuan earthquake

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As Red Cross Probe Stumbles, Critics See Red

In response to widespread public distrust in the Red Cross Society of China after the 2011 Guo Meimei scandal and accusations of disaster relief fund mismanagement during the 6.6Mw Sichuan earthquake in April, a special...

Discrepant Data Garners More Distrust for Red Cross

In 2011, Guo Meimei scandalized the name of the Red Cross Society of China at a time when many were already suspicious about the humanitarian NGO’s management of funds. After the devastating 6.6Mw earthquake hit Sichuan...

After Quake, Stories of Horror and Hope Abound

According to the latest official count, the earthquake that hit Sichuan province last weekend has so far been the cause of 196 deaths, 12,211 injuries, and 76,000 damaged houses. As the dust has been settling, stories of tragedy...

Ministry of Truth: Red Cross, Mysterious Death

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: The media are not to republish, report, or comment on foreign media...

River Crab Archive: Scenes from the Quake Zone

When something disappears from the Internet in China, netizens joke that it has been “river-crabbed,” a play on the euphemism “harmonized.” The River Crab Archive is a collection of blog post titles, weibo, and other materials...

Netizen Voices: After Quake, Poem for Red Cross

Chinese netizens have not forgotten Guo Meimei, the young woman who showed off designer handbags and flashy cars on Weibo in 2011, then claimed she was the “general manager of Red Cross commerce.” Though plagued by previous...

River Crab Archive: Earthquake Relief?

When something disappears from the Internet in China, netizens joke that it has been “river-crabbed,” a play on the euphemism “harmonized.” The River Crab Archive is a collection of blog post titles, weibo, and other materials...

Pandas Survive Quake, But Some Face Other Threats

Xinhua reports that the 61 giant pandas at the Bifengxia breeding center were not physically harmed by the 6.6Mw earthquake that struck Sichuan province on Saturday, killing 193 and injuring over 12,000: According to the video...

Sensitive Words: Sichuan Earthquake, Xi Jinping

As of April 22, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Sichuan Earthquake: At least 188 are dead and over 11,000 injured after Saturday morning’s 7.0-magnitude...

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