Posts Tagged ‘Chongching’

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.


April 27, 2009

Chinese school Daping high school for girls which is in the city of Chongching has recently won an international soccer tournament. The team went on to win the prize by beating Germany. It was later revealed that the reason for the victory was that only 3 of the team members were actually from the school – the rest of the team being from the national team itself. The principal, Zhang Jianling initially denied cheating but later came clean.

“In order to have a best result in the tournament, we used other members in the team without making it known to superior government and the public,”  he was quoted as saying.

“What we have done goes against sportsmanship and has undermined the image of our city as well as soccer’s development in China”

Cheating in Chinese sport? Well you can colour me surprised! Recently in an unrelated story, Chinese teachers and parents were also charged with assisting students pass their university exams. The teachers had been paid by the parents to provide small electronic devices to the students so they could in turn feed them the answers. Saving face to the extreme! Well until you get caught that is.

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