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...

Nanjing Massacre Becomes a Political Football

As reactions to Nagoya mayor Kawamura Takashi’s denial of the Nanjing Massacre rumble on, Adam Minter examines an emerging discussion about ‘ownership’ of China’s history: … [T]he Chinese officially claim...

Drought? Earthquake? Blame the Three-Gorges Dam

Adam Minter of Shanghai Scrap launches his new column at Bloomberg—which “will focus on Chinese opinion flow on a different issue each week”—with a look at a range of perspectives on the Three Gorges Dam....

The Sichuan Earthquake’s Lessons for Dam Builders

Given their relatively short lifetimes to date, modern dams remain generally untested against real-world seismic activity. A report from the International Commission On Large Dams considers the lessons learned from the 2008...

Flood Fears Prompt Mass Evacuations in China

The earthquake nightmare is not over for many residents of Sichuan as the rainy season approaches, according to this Reuters report: Authorities in Aba prefecture had moved 72,000 people living in “highly dangerous...

Memorial Video: “China Shaken”

Yet another sad video story to present after “eDump.” But this one was so heartbreaking to make that my laptop crashed right after I finished editing it at 3 am on Saturday, May 24 (true story). The earthquake and...



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