tofu dregs construction

Grief, Anger Over 11 Deaths in Qiqihar School Roof Collapse

Ten young volleyball players and their coach were killed and four others injured when the roof of their middle-school gymnasium in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province, collapsed during a practice on Sunday. The tragedy has touched...

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...

China Braces For End Of World

With the apocalypse now less than ten days away, China has been joining in the global festival of panic, resignation and denial at the imminent extinction of humanity. At China Real Time Report, Chao Deng described some Chinese...

GDP, Infrastructure, Train Crashes and Tofu Bridges

Earlier this month, Foreign Policy compiled a list of the 75 cities projected to be the “world’s most dynamic” by 2025, according to per-capita GDP growth. The list, which is based on a McKinsey Global...

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 Quake Dissident Jailed for 3 Years

Huang Qi, an activist who investigated shoddy school construction after the 5.12 Sichuan earthquake in 2008, has been sentenced to three years in jail. From Washington Post: Chinese dissident Huang Qi was sentenced to three...

A Citizen Campaign to Reveal the Forgotten Dead (1)

Bob Chen of Global Voices looks back on individual citizens’ efforts to uncover the reasons for school collapses: According to an official announcement last year, over 6000 students died at the earthquake. Schools...

China Quake School Toll Stirs Grim Findings, Anger

Grieving parents and frustrated citizens are demanding that officials start accounting for why schools were far more prone to collapses than government buildings. From Chris Buckley of Reuters: China’s effort to erase...

China Detains Quake School Critic

Reuters reports that Zeng Hongling, a strident critic of the ‘tofu dregs construction’ in Sichuan, has been detained by Chinese police. Chinese police have detained a retired teacher on subversion charges after she...

China Blocks Quake School Protesters

The Associated Press reports that police are blocking protest efforts of parents who are angered by the shoddy construction of their children’s schools: Angry parents whose children were killed in an earthquake-stricken...



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