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Don’t cry.

May 6, 2009

Parents of children killed in the Sichuan Earthquake have been complaining of being harassed by the Chinese government. Barred from displaying grieving in public, they have even been removed around sensitive times in a crack down that completely boggles the mind. Is there any element to average Chinese life the government does not feel threatened by?

It is unknown how many actual children died in the disaster that claimed over 90,000 lives. At least 14,000 schools were damaged – many of them of shoddy and unsafe design. It used to cross my mind from time to time when I was on the top floor of our teaching building how if an earthquake of that magnitude had hit Wuxi, the building while looking somewhat solid would likely have collapsed in on itself like a deck of cards.

The teaching building we taught in had around 15 classrooms, each with over 50 students in them. That alone is over 750 students, not counting the offices of teachers on the ground level. Apply that to the 14,000 schools that were damaged in the earthquake, some completely destroyed and you begin to comprehend just how many students died that day.

In China they do not build structures for longevity. They are built for the purpose of providing a much shorter term purpose – be it classroom or housing. With a country of so many people with an inconcievable amount of construction going on, they do not have the luxury of quality.  When an earthquake of 8.0 on the scale hits in China’s most populated city, Chongching, Sichuan province, disaster is inevitable.

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