Three Chinese Miners Rescued in Hunan

Chinese state media has reported that a gas explosion in Hunan has killed seven people. Mining accidents in China occur frequently, and reports claim that the official death toll over the past ten years has reached over 47,000....

Documentary: To the Light

To the Light, a documentary about miners in Sichuan Province, has won the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award. From the Huffington Post: The visually lyrical and heartbreaking film, which won the Mead’s prestigious award this...

22 Rescued from Flooded Illegal Mine

22 miners have safely emerged from an illegal mine in north-eastern China after a week trapped underground. Another man’s body was recovered, while three remain missing. From the BBC: The miners became trapped in the...

Two More Bodies Recovered From Massive China Landslide

In a continuation on the story of the landslide in Chongqing reported a few days ago, Xinhua has found two more bodies and lists the death toll at nine, though earlier the state radio reported 72 missing and 26 dead: The death...

China Landslide Rescue Efforts Underway; 26 Dead

Rescue workers are searching for survivors after a landslide buried an iron-ore mine in southwestern China near Chongqing city, Sichuan province.  State media has confirmed 26 dead, 8 injured, and 74 missing. From IOL: Hundreds...

Shaft Of Light For China’s Coalminers

From The Age: Xiao Huazhong’s lungs are letting him down. The former coalminer from China’s Sichuan province has third-stage pneumoconiosis, or “black lung disease”, and even the five-minute walk from the...

Documentary Director Hu Jie: Documenting the Lives of Miners

Guangzhou based journalist/blogger Zhai Minglei just published a profile of independent film maker Hu Jie on his own Yibao blog, partially translated by CDT’s Linjun Fan: Hu Jie calls himself a film laborer. He has shot a...

More Mine Disasters, When Will This End?

According to official figures, more than 4700 coal miners died in China last year. But independent labor groups put the real toll at closer to 20,000 annually. It has become so routine that hardly anyone notices anymore. Here is...

The Student Bloggers Down In The Coal Mine – EastSouthWestNorth

EastSouthWestNorth translated following article from China Education News Network (JYB.com.cn): The Decision Makers and the Students: A Special Conversation Initiated By A Blog. April 2, 2007. March 12: Five students including Cao Yu (ÊõπÊ∏ù) from the Hunan Normal University’s School of Literature published the blog post <Factors that influence the psychological sense of safety among […]

Testament of a Coal Mine Worker – Li Daguang

As we read about yet more mining accidents, here is a moving testimony to the dangers China’s miners face every day. Legal Daily carried the testimony — Testament of a Coal Mine Worker — via Cultural Vision on...

China mining fatalities rise

From AFP, via NEWS.com.au: CHINA recorded some 2700 mining fatalities in the first half of the year, with major accidents involving up to 29 fatalities more than doubling during the period, state press reported today. Some 2672 miners died in Chinese mines during the first six months of the year, a 3.3 per cent rise […]



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