School Collapse

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...

Ai Weiwei at the Tate Turbine Hall: Exhibit Closed

On his New Yorker blog, Evan Osnos writes about Ai Weiwei’s new exhibit at London’s Tate Turbine Hall, Sunflower Seeds, which was closed today for health and safety reasons: The project is almost exactly what it...

China Quake Killed 207 Schoolchildren: State Media

The government has announced that 207 school children died in the Qinghai earthquake and the total official death toll is now 2187, AFP reports: The collapse of school buildings in the 6.9 magnitude quake was responsible for 35...

Earthquake in Tibet: A Tibetan Blogger Asks…

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a blog post by a Tibetan writing in Chinese posing a series of questions he or she would ask at an official press conference about the recent Qinghai earthquake, such as: After many school...

China Sentences Quake Activist to 5 Years’ Jail

Activist Tan Zuoren, who had been investigating the deaths of schoolchildren in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, has been sentenced to five years in prison after being tried in August. From AP: Attorney Pu Zhiqiang said activist Tan...

China Censors Oscar Nominations

The Chinese government is censoring news about the upcoming Oscars after China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, an HBO documentary about the children killed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, was nominated...

BBC Outlook: Interview with Ai Weiwei

The BBC program Outlook has posted an interview with Ai Weiwei about his work collecting names of students killed in the Sichuan earthquake, his art, and his father, poet Ai Qing. You can listen to it here on the Outlook site....

Video: Tan Zuoren’s Sichuan Earthquake Investigation

Documentary filmmaker Ai Xiaoming has posted a video (in Chinese) about activist Tan Zuoren’s investigation into schools that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Tan has since been imprisoned and charged with...

Liu Jiakun (刘家琨): Hu Huishan Memorial

Sichuan architect Liu Jiakun has constructed a memorial for Hu Huishan, a 15-year-old student who died in the May 12, 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Details on Liu’s decision to erect the memorial hall from China Daily: Liu got...

China Book On Sichuan Quake Counters Gov’t Stance

From AP: The publication is obscure and the language technical, but the findings are simple: schools in Sichuan collapsed more easily than government buildings in last year’s massive quake because they were not as well...

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