Thursday, May 15, 2008

Earthquake

WE ARE FINE! We have received numerous inquiries in the wake of the tragic earthquake that struck S.W. China. The epicenter was WenChuan, a town approximately 100 km from the capital of Sichuan providence, ChengDu. Beijing is 1,000km form ChengDu. We did feel the earthquake. It was registered as a 3.9 just outside the Beijing city limits. It felt like a sudden case of motion sickness, as if I were dizzy suddenly. However, there was no reported structural damage in Beijing. The real tragedy is the loss of so many school aged children. As we had mentioned in previous blogs, the one child policy has created "baby-centric" society. The loss of generations and bloodlines, further emboies this tragedy. Although a very tragic natural disaster, it still is minor in comparison to the Cyclone in Burma. The Red Cross is now estimating up to 128,000 people have died as a result of the damage, continual rain, disease and famine. Equally devastating is the Junta's response, or lack there of, which in my opinion is in stark contrast to the response and openness of communist China. Specifically the amount of TV coverage, detailed reports, & acceptance of outside support & media. This is unprecedented, specifically given the PRC's historic reluctance to air dirty laundry and protect the country's image at all costs.

1 Comments:

At May 26, 2008 at 1:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site you two. Nadia, you look fantastic in the shots with a lil Rahaim in your belly. The only "must haves" for the baby are you two....the rest you will figure out. Can't wait to see the pics. Lots of love, Colin.

 

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