2013 Sichuan earthquake

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...

Ministry of Truth: Anniversary of Sichuan Quake

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: Tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake. Please...

Ministry of Truth: “Heartfelt Sorrow,” Mandated

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Sichuan Propaganda Department: The media are not to independently report that the provincial Party...

Ministry of Truth: No Bad Earthquake News Allowed

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: It is forbidden to carry negative news, analysis, or commentary on the...

Expect Limited Aftershocks for China’s Economy

Xinhua reports that the disastrous impact of the earthquake that struck Ya’an prefecture, Sichuan province on April 20 will likely have little lasting effect on China’s economy: “From what we have learnt from...

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...

Volunteers Flocking to Quake Zone Asked to Turn Back

Since Saturday morning, when a 6.6Mw earthquake struck near Sichuan’s Ya’an city, thousands of volunteers from students and white-collar workers to Tibetan monks have descended on the affected area to offer...

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...

China Says Japan Must Face History After Yasukuni Visits

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe offered his country’s “maximum support” to China following a 6.6Mw earthquake in Sichuan on Saturday that killed at least 186 people and injured over 11,000. Beijing replied...

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