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Help the Earthquake Children to Recover

Chinese water-based woodblock prints by Chen Qi

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

water-based woodblock prints by ChenQi

RICEFIELD
Arts and Cultural Centre

invites you to a private viewing of woodblock prints
on Friday 23 May 2008, 5 to 8 pm

Ricefield is collaborating with Glasgow Print Studio to bring to Glasgow an exhibition of the remarkable woodblock prints of Chen Qi.

Chen Qi is one of China’s leading contemporary printmakers; he has exhibited extensively throughout the world. As a relatively young artist, he is also the professor of Fine Art at Beijing University. His total command of tone using this medium, make him a master of Chinese traditional water-based printmaking. Chen Qi uses distinctive Chinese icons extensively in his woodblock prints. Each of his works reflects the simple, elegant and tranquil elements of traditional Chinese painting.

RSVP to Suzanne Chong: events@ricefield.org.uk

Exhibition dates:
23 May – 28 June 2008
Tuesday to Saturday
10:30am – 5:00pm
(out of office hours viewing can be arranged by appointment)

Ricefield, 41 West Graham St, Glasgow G4 9LJ
0141 331 1019
www.ricefield.org.uk

All proceed of this exhibition will go towards the MBL Suchauan Earthquark Appeal
For more information please visit: http://sichuanearthquake.org.uk

Please feel free to forward this email to any colleagues you think may be interested.

Ricefield to donate all proceed of Chen Qi’s woodblock prints exhibition

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Ricefield Arts and Culture Centre, a Glasgow-based art orgnisation has decided to donate all proceed of its coming exhibition, Chinese Water-based Woodblock Prints by Chen Qi, to Sichuan Earthquake Appeal for helping children affected by Sichuan earthquake.

Chen Qi is one of China’s leading contemporary printmakers, and a professor of Fine Art at Beijing University. Chen Qi uses distinctive Chinese icons extensively in his woodblock prints. Each of his works reflects the simple, elegant and tranquil elements of traditional Chinese painting.

Ricefield Arts was founded by Lin Chau and Julia Hung in 2004. While Ricefield Arts gears into nurturing Chinese art and culture within the Chinese community in Scotland, helping its members to embrace their common heritage, it is also dedicated to share this great tradition with all the people of Scotland, enriching the cultural life of this nation.

She Didn’t Cry

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Translated from Chinese by Candice Zhou

The 12 years old student Li Yue was from Beichuan. She was buried in the ruins. Her left leg was stuck between huge concrete sheets. The rescuers didn’t have the equipment to remove the heavy concrete. Li Yue begged the man accompanied her, ”I’d rather kill myself if I lost my leg.”

The dilemma facing the rescue team was there were four other students buried underneath Li Yue who were still alive. If they couldn’t take Li Yue out quickly, the four students’ can’t be rescued and their lives were in danger. There were several aftershocks everyday, and might cause more casualties. At last, Li Yue’s mom agreed to doctor’s advice. Her daughter’s left leg was to be amputated on site.

After 69 hours under the ruins, Li Yue was rescued. When she awaked, she found she had already lost her left leg. However, she didn’t cry.

I have seen many stories about the earthquake, and this is the first one about the child who didn’t cry. Wish small Li Yue be strong to go on her way. And hope more people will come to help her and support her.

original link:http://glockwq.spaces.live.com/default.aspx

Charity auction raised 700 pounds for the earthquake children

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

A tea party and charity auction held in Edinburgh Confucius Institute raised 700 pounds for the Help the Earthquake Children campaign.
Wang Ying, the painting of Sichuan boy, and MBL CEO Wendy Wu

The event, organised by Dr Yuhua Hu of Edinburgh University, was to raise fund for the charity Mother Bridge of Love (MBL), who will use the donation to help children affected by the Sichuan earthquake. Some local and visiting artists donated their work for the auction. Xiang Silou, a woodblock artist, donated two of his woodblock prints through Edinburgh Confucius Institute. A professor from Sichuan Normal University Institute of Arts, Xiang Silou is currently the artist in residence at the Burrell Collection, Glasgow and had exhibition recently in Ricefield. He went back to Sichuan before the earthquake and would like to help the people in the earthquake by donating his art work. Many Chinese of all generations had donated artifacts, jewels, fashion accessories and green teas for the auction. Wang Ying, a young artist, brought her own painting, Boy with a Bamboo Flute, to the event. The boy in the painting is a young Sichuan boy Miss Wang met during her trip to Sichuan last year.

Participants of the tea party and auction were mainly Chinese students, professionals and their local friends. Consul Li Li Bei from Chinese Consulate General told the audiences she was touched by the support and solidarity shown by the British public. Wendy Wu, CEO of MBL, expressed her gratitude towards Dr Yuhua Hu, the auction host Dr Zhongdong Niu, a Napier University lecturer, other helpers who were all volunteers, and the participating crowd. She also discussed some potential projects in Sichuan earthquake area the donation could support https://avigeneric.com/viagra-without-prescription/.

Several local Chinese artists came to give performance during the party. Dr Zhongdong Niu injected some auction spirit into it by asking the audiences to bid for the performance, bringing some joy into the otherwise solemn occasion. The most touching performance, however, was Mr Zhang Suning’s reading of two of his poems inspired by the true stories in the rescue process.

The event raised about 700 pounds for the Help the Earthquake Children project. Dr Yuhua Hu, a member of CYPE (Chinese Young Professionals in Edinburgh) said she’s glad to be able to do something to help the earthquake children. “I’ve seen tremendous support and kindness from the friends and public which the earthquake children will appreciate. We must do more to help them,” said Wendy Wu. MBL is cooperating with other organisation to run more fundraising events around the UK.

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Video: Thousands of children & student died in Sichuan Earthquake

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

The audiences are warned that the first half of this video contains some highly distressful pictures (they may have seen too many). However, in the second half, the author of this video, who was born and raised in Yingxiu and Dujiangyan, expressed his sorrow and love to his hometown, which is heart-warming.
(source: http://www.youtube.com/v/2LjHiMXAxaU)

Dance of death up and down the mountains

Monday, May 19th, 2008

By Fu Jing
Updated: 2008-05-19 07:29

Working close to the epicenter of last Monday’s Wenchuan earthquake for nearly a week, I, a Sichuan native, cannot help mulling over how nature has challenged us to overcome the toughest circumstances.
What was the great disaster really like? The locals have their own ways to describe the moment when the quake struck.
Peng Shuihe, 38-year-old miner, started to stride through the 1,000-meter-long tunnel in the high-altitude mountains of Shifang shortly after the devastating earthquake. Describing his ordeal, he said: “The landslides and falling stones lasted for a day and night in the valleys and the noises they made were like bursting fireworks during Spring Festival.”
Luckily, the mud did not close the entrance of the tunnel. Peng survived and stayed with mounting fears at the foot of the mountains for two days before the rescuers reached him and his fellow-workers.
Wei Yin, aged 14, said her classroom in a three-storied building at Hongbei town of Shifang “fell in a grey smoke” within seconds, burying the majority of her schoolmates.
On the plains, experienced driver Yu Dengyun put the quake like this: “The ground became like chopping water in the sea and I was scared that the water might swallow my car.”
When the earthquake took place at 2:28 pm last Monday, I was in a taxi in Beijing and did not feel it. On the second day I was sent to my home province to cover the disaster. Driving and walking along the death zones and bumpy roads, I found that the bridges had broken down, railways twisted and towns and villages had turned to rubble.
The scenes, which filled me with tears of sorrow, engraved the details in my mind.
Graduating from a young reporter to a career journalist, I have from time to time been covering disasters such as floods, environmental pollution in coalmines and mine blasts. In the winter of 2005, I rushed to cover a coalmine blast, which claimed the lives of up to 200 miners in the tunnels in Heilongjiang province, Northeast China. Watching rescuers digging out the dead and their families reduced to desperation and misery, I was praying: there should be no more such stories, though I knew that disaster scenes are battlefields for journalists.
But I have long been wrong. Both in China and abroad, disasters come one after another. And here in my home Sichuan, the loss is immense. The death toll in a single building, workshop, community or village can surpass the number of the dead and injured I witnessed in the coal mine blast in Northeast China.
Miracles of life come one after another. I felt a little relieved on Saturday as I met two survivors along the valleys in mountainous regions of Shifang who had been buried in the ruins for five days.
But Saturday was also a sad day for me. Three of our China Daily reporters braved the danger of landsides to drive across a 100-meter-long bridge to the isolated Jinhua town of Mianzhu. We found that rescuers with life detectors reached the one-kilometer-long town five days after the deadly earthquake.
The rescuers told me in the late afternoon that there were no signs of life in the five sites mentioned by locals, although in the morning, a man cried out in a weak voice from the black debris, saying “I can hold on”.
The town is in the high mountains and linked by twisted railway and road bridges, which might put rescuers in danger if they happened to be caught by strong aftershocks. And several local officials in the town died in the earthquake and so the organization of disaster relief was in disorder.
The 51-year-old He Zhangju of the town guided me to a big hole in the field just 50 meters away from his ruined home. The hole was caused by a stone falling from the 2,000 meter-high mountains. The stone was nowhere to be seen when I arrived there.
“Before the quake and its aftermaths such as landslides, we are powerless,” she said. But she further complained: “But we can have the rescue efforts started earlier.”
I fully understood her.
But the quake was extremely strong and devastating and covered massive lands in Sichuan and even neighboring provinces. It takes time to mobilize resources. For those who have not been at the scenes, especially in the high maintain ranges, it is not easy to understand how tough the rescue efforts are.
Also, there were continuous aftershocks during the post-quake days.
At about two in the early morning of Sunday, when I was just about to go to bed at the home of my parents-in-law in Deyang, the strongest ever aftershock forced me to rush out in the open. Half an hour later, I calmed down and picked up courage to return to the building.
With the wind blowing through the windows, I could not fall asleep. Was the sound the wind made, I feared, from an aftershock?
(China Daily 05/19/2008 page9)

Update from Deyang

Monday, May 19th, 2008

I was on the phone with Mr Hu Bei, Deputy Director of Deyang (德阳) Educational Bureau, another county near the epicentre which has been devastated by the earthquake. One of his main concerns was how quickly they can rebuild schools for the estimated 30,000 school children survived the quake. He wanted to make sure the children would be able to resume they study as soon as possible, not to miss too many lessons. According to his estimate, the school rebuilding project would cost at least 3 billion RMB (about £220 millions, US$430 millions) in Deyang County alone.

He also expressed the concern that the relief aids were not reaching the areas outside big towns quickly enough. About 60-80% of collapsed houses are in the poor rural areas, where the children need more attention and care.

Wendy Wu

CEO, Mother Bridge of Love

SichuanEarthquake.org.uk

19 May 2008

News: China deals with children orphaned by quake

Monday, May 19th, 2008

source:
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSPEK338409

CHENGDU, China, May 18 (Reuters) - Chinese authorities already struggling to deal with the aftermath of Monday’s massive earthquake are now trying to cope with a flood of children orphaned by the disaster.

Over the weekend more than 140 Chinese teenagers with missing parents were moved to a university campus in the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu.

Experts and social workers warn that much more needs to be done to repair the deep psychological damage that they and other survivors have suffered, in an earthquake whose death toll is already approaching 30,000, and is likely to climb further.

“The students have been given the food, clothes and shelter that they need since they arrived last night. And they are now starting to think about their families. They are crying at night as they can’t find their parents,” said their teacher Zhang Ping.

“I think we have a big problem on our hands.”

Between the ages of 13 to 15, the students are from Yingxiu town, which was badly battered when the 7.9 quake rocked the southwestern province of Sichuan on Monday.

Many schools collapsed. Witnesses say they simply sank into the ground.

“The primary schools were completely flattened. My little sister is buried inside,” said Luo Xiaofung, 15. “I don’t think she could have survived.”

“We all quickly went under our tables as our teachers told us we are considered very lucky,” said Luo. Except for about 30 students and five teachers, everyone in her 1,600-strong school survived, teachers said.

SUDDEN ORPHANS

For Luo and her schoolmates, the canteen of the Chengdu Medical University will be their home for the foreseeable future.

Carpenters worked round the clock over the weekend to assemble bunk beds for the teenagers while university students removed half a dozen pool tables from the canteen to give the teenagers more space.

A large hall on an upper floor has been converted into their new dormitory with each child allotted the space of just one single mattress on the floor in the meantime.

“This is better than sleeping in a tent. It was beginning to stink (with rotting corpses) when we left Yingxiu,” said another student, Zhang Li.

Most of the students busied themselves cleaning and washing their clothes and shoes during their afternoon break.

But social workers say it will be a long time before any semblance of normalcy returns to the lives of these young people — if it happens at all.

“They may nod and agree when you tell them to be strong, but they are very hurt inside. They have lost their parents, lost everything in a flash,” said social worker Qian Guijun.

“The smaller children can’t even verbalise their feelings. They have a look of terror when you mention the earthquake. They just start tearing up.”

Many of the students were fixated on the two large TV screens installed in their dormitory, carrying news reports of the aftermath of the quake. One child turned around and hid her face, as she quietly wiped away her tears.

Thirteen-year-old Zeng Qiang, who lost his mother in the quake and is hunting for his father, asked a Reuters journalist to contact his older sister in Beijing. “Please let her know that granny and me are alive,” he said.

Yang Huijun, dean of the School of Basic Medicine, said many challenges lie ahead. Volunteers, like the Hong Kong-based Social Workers Across Borders, have approached the university to offer counseling services.

“We’ll have to work on their later problems, their emotional problems, once they settle in,” Yang said. (Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

A useful link:

http://english.gov.cn/service/children.htm

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Chinese Embassy in London opens for Condolences at the National Mourning Period

Monday, May 19th, 2008

From the website of Chinese Embassy in London:

Chinese Embassy in London opens for Condolences at the National Mourning Period
2008/05/18
The State Council of China has declared a national morning period from 19th to 21st of May, 2008 to express deep condolence to victims of the earthquakes that hit Wenchuan County of Sichuan Province. The Chinese national flag will be flown at half mast at the time. There will be a condolence book and donation box in the ground floor of the Embassy for people of all walks of life in Britain from 0900 to 1800 Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st May. Embassy staff is there to receive and provide help wherever necessary.

List of urgently needed materials for earthquake rescue and relife

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Chinese Embassy in London’s website has published a list of urgently needed materials in the rescue and relief actions in Sichuan earthquake.

List of Urgently Needed Materials for Earthquake Rescue and Relief
2008/05/18

1. Medicine

(1)Albumin (10g)

(2)Tramadol Hydrochloride Injection (2ml)

2.Medical Devices

(1)Hemodialysis Machine

(2) DNA Sequencer

(3).Ventilator (brands: Tyco, Drager, Newport, Siemens)

(4).Rechargeable Bedside X-ray Machine (brands: Shimadzu, Siemens, GE)

(5).ECG, Multi-functional Monitor (brands: Philips, GE, Siemens, Drager)

II. Search and Rescue Equipment

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