Wang Keqin’s blog has a very long accounting (based on this original story) of how the rebuilding is going in earthquake-affected areas like Mianyang. Unfortunately, it seems some of the new building materials are just as shoddy, or even worse, then the ones destroyed in the 5/12 earthquake. His post is too long to translate in its entirety, but a picture says a thousand words in this case:
When a person’s house falls down because of shoddy materials, it is devastating in many ways. Not only has their home gone which causes financial problems, but all those sentimental items are lost too. Things like photos, special gifts and valuables such as computers are also gone. People do miss technology just as much as sentimental items; the freedom of surfing the web, reading poker news or just checking emails is gone.
Selected comments from Wang’s blog
Nice watch, also, the quality of these bricks is really terrible
People, eh….how stupid. It makes me think of a sentence, “today’s new bottles hide yesterday’s spoiled brew, so who is a dissenter in this new age?” The earthquake shocked the world but couldn’t shock the hearts of those only out for themselves. Dog officials, dog officials!
Just let nature take its course, don’t hold onto any hope; things are just that corrupt…
Real estate with Chinese characteristics…beans and dirt engineering, beans and dirt bricks, beans and dirt cement, beans and dirt…
[Seems like] it’s time to conduct a complete inspection of the quality of rebuilding in the Sichuan disaster area
We thoroughly agree with that last comment.