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China's Unsound Heroes (1)

15 May 2009
 

The next day of the magnitude 8 earthquake in China's Sichuan Province, a young Chinese man self-identified as New Sea (新洋) traveled to the affected areas that were still experiencing violent aftershocks, and posted his first hand photographic reports online. Surely he was not the only person to file the stories from the quake centre, but what makes this guy truly remarkable is that, firstly, he's not a professional journalist; secondly, he has almost visited every town and village effected by the quake, including the most remote settlements with the roads severely damaged which required him to risk his life to approach; thirdly, he is not just reporting the events, but helping the victims to deal with the pressing issues; and finally, in the past year he spent nearly every weekend on visiting and helping the quake survivors, and his post is being renewed almost daily, to this very date. His report in itself is a triumph out of tragedy which becomes the most complete and detailed records in history about a disaster. The following is part of the exchanges between him and the viewers of his post in an online interview conducted by xinhuanet.com:

Question by Macross、心心辉映、源清

Your first set photos from the quake zone were posted on 13 May 2008, the next day of the earthquake, and you are still posting new photographic reports right now. What makes you keep going on doing this?

新洋的地震灾区行图片帖从2008年5月13日首发,一直坚持到现在,不仅为灾民送过补给品,还深入震区中心探究地质问题。一年来新洋几乎每日更新帖子,?是什么力量驱使你这么做?

Answer by 新洋

Hello, every one, I'm New Sea. Currently I'm working at an electricity company, and my job is market research and sales training. Like many people here, each morning I wake up to cell phone alarm, then go to work in office. And like millions of Chinese people out there, when that horrific disaster stroke, I dashed forward to offer my hand. I feel honoured to serve as the eye of the online community who care about the rescue and recovery progress. To put this way, even if I needed to resign from my day job for the sake of my volunteer work, I would do so without hesitation. I just hope my words and photos can bring continued attention to the people effected by the quake, and the help they needed.

大家好,我是新洋。我目前是电力企业的一名普通职员,工作职责是市场分析、营销培训,和很多人一样,每天听手机铃声起床,然后上班。大地震产生的巨大灾难突然摆在面前的时候,我与千千万万个中国人一样,毫不犹豫的冲出去了。我仅仅是新华网上网友们的眼睛,带着你们的执著、你们的大爱、你们的专业,一年来不断去了解灾区的各种情况。去为灾区人多做点事情,哪怕辞职我也会去的!我希望用我的图文和调查,让更多的人去关注灾区人民,为他们送上更多的爱心和帮助。

Question by 133HZ

I'm deeply touched by your post. In the past year, what have moved you most in your direct contact with the people in the disaster region?

你的灾区行帖子让我很感动,地震过去一年了,灾区人民给你感触最深的是什么?

Answer by 新洋

I can tell you responsibly that the quake survivors have a great confidence in the central government. Shortly after the earthquake, I drove along a road in Qingchuan to Wooden Fish Town, and saw about a hundred people crammed in three tents by the roadside. They asked me to send a message to the world outside that they urgently needed more tents and food. Only by the time of my departure, they mentioned to me, "We have two dozens of kids buried in school rubbles."

Those who suffered grave loss made no complaint and whine.

On my way to Beichuan County Town, I met an old man in his 60s. He lost most of his family members in the quake but only said this to me, "We have a big disaster here, and you traveled so far to visit us, yet we are unable to offer you a cup of tea, I'm really sorry, young man. Once we've built a new house, you must come to see us again." In Zundao Town, the quake victims would come out of their tents and organise a dance performance party as the way to express their gratitude towards revisited aid workers.

What particularly touched my heart are those little things: when a child with home ruined by the quake, the kids in the neighbourhood would do their best to cheer him/her up; when I left a temporary settlement after a brief visit, the earthquake orphans would make an effort to show me their big smile; when children lost their parents, the neighbouring adults would voluntarily look after them.

There are no records on how ordinary Chinese people went through the great tragedies 3000 years ago, 2000 years ago, 1000 years ago and 300 years ago, but from what I've encountered in the quake-affected areas, I can visualise the graceful response of our ancestors in the face of adversity. In 5000 years of history, Chinese nation has taken up all sorts of challenges with spirit of courage and generosity as I have witnessed in the past year. And I've witnessed so many touching incidents .... the true humanity can be so simple and so humble.

从精神层面来说,灾区人民一直对中央很有信心。大地震初期几天,半夜青川县木鱼方向的路边,100多个老乡雨中挤三个简易蓬布里,请我们带话给外面:“能不能支援我们几个帐篷,给我们点粮食。”我们准备出发时候,老乡们才幽幽说:“我们20多个娃娃被埋在学校了。”从头到尾,没有听到一丝叫苦与怨言;北川方向的路边,60多岁的老大爷,已经家破人亡了,还不住的给我们道歉:“小兄弟呀,对不起了,我们遭天灾了,害你跑那么远来看我们,竟然不能烧口热水给你喝。今后新家修建好了,你一定要来做客呀”;灾区人民很记情,在遵道镇时候,帐篷里的老乡,自发组织了一场露天演出给帮助过他们的人看,就是老百姓在那里唱,在那里跳舞。

深入灾区路途遇到孤儿时,有几件事令我非常感动:1.家里已经成为废墟的同学,邻居的孩子,都微笑着陪他们玩;2.每次我们告别的时候,孤儿们都停止玩耍,尽量给我们微笑;3.一起居住在简易蓬布里的大人,尽心照顾着孤儿们。

3000年以前、2000年以前、1000年以前、500年以前,这个民族遇到大灾难,普通老百姓是怎么熬的,我们从经典史书中已经查阅不到。这个几千年一遇的大地震,让我们亲眼看到了祖辈们的风采。其实,灾区老百姓既是中华民族的一个缩影,也是你我精神领域中的一个身影。中华民族5000年文明发展史,经历了无数的艰难挫折,祖辈们是如何挺过来的,我们这次亲眼看到了。这样的一幕幕,太多了、太多了、太多了……人性之美,根本不需要华丽的装饰。

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(Source: news.xinhuanet.com/forum/2009-05/10/content_11335167.htm)

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