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Thank You Letter to All Americans

Dear American Friends:

On behalf of all the Chinese people including scholars and students in USA, We would like to thank you for your generous donation for Wenchuan earthquake victims and survivors in all kinds of fundraising activities/avenues and your continuous care, concern and contribution to earthquake relief in China.

At 14:28 local time on May 12th 2008, a deadly and strong earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale struck SW China, where the seismic epicenter, Wenchuan County was located. So far, this earthquake killed 69181, caused 17398 missing and 374008 injured, and left as many as 5 million homeless and the number is still increasing. Thousands of millions of survivors are calling for help and your donation is a timely response to their needs.

Thanks for your care and concern about the people in the disaster. With your generosity, we are able to make purchase of critical supplies such as food, water, clothing and shelter supplies for affected families and any longer-term recovery and reconstruction in the local areas. We are very grateful for you offering your hand to the people in desperate needs.

Once again, on behalf of all the survivors in Wenchuan earthquake, we would like to thank you for your very generous donation and support.

Sincerely,
TheNewVoice Editorial Board

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6/8,Duanwu Festival

Never heard of it? How about dragon boat festival. It is a Chinese traditional festival. The date is May 5 of the lunar calendar. For this year, it’s tomorrow.

The origin of the festival is still a myth. The widely accepted story is that it commemorates the great ancient poet Quyuan (340 BC – 278 BC), who committed suicide in the miluo river after his country was conquered. Here is a more detailed description on wiki. To my understanding, it is also an important date for ancient people to get ready for the summer–the first season harvest is over, flood is coming, so are diseases,snakes and bugs. There are a lot of activities people do for this festival. They are a combination of celebration, rituals of warding off evil and practice to prevent disease.

1.The most popular activity, is NOT dargon boat racing. Eating Zongzi, rice balls wrapped with leaves, is what most people do.

2. Sweet flag (changpu) and mugwort (aicao)are hanged, usually by the window or behind the door. Some parents use the herbs to bath young children. Later in summer, they can be burnt as mosquito repellent. Where I came from, farmers still keep the tradition of picking herbs in the mountain prior to the day and trade them in the morning of the festival.

3. Of course, the dragon boat race, popular for people live near the water.

4, Some people may also eat red-yolk egg (salted duck egg) or drink realgar wine. The realgar wine is also used to prevent and treat snake bite.

5.Some people wear colorful sachets filed with scented herbs. A less practiced tradition is to tie five-color (white, blue, black, red and yellow)threads on Children’s wrists, ankles and neck–hoping the power of the five colors to keep snakes, scorpions and other danger away from kids.

6. People hang pictures of Zhongkui, a traditional guardian figure to ward off demons and evil.

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Sharon Stone-Earth QUACK!

Thanks, Tom Megalis. I don’t think more comments are necessary. Just cross your fingers and enjoy.

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The Adventure of Pandas in Earthquake

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China (Wolong) Giant Panda Protection Research Center islated in the center of the seismic zone. For 30 hours after the strike of this catastrophic earthquake, communication couldn’t be established between the center and the outside. During this time, the staff were holding their positions, promptly transferring the giant pandas to safe places even the center had lost all contact with the outside. Giant Pandas were scared by the quake, crouching into a fuzzy ball, and some refused to eat. The staff treated the pandas like children, pacifying them, preparing food as usual even under such difficult circumstances. In order to save the pandas, some staff members were injured. Stranded foreign tourists and researchers were taken care of and no one was injured.

Let all of us lend our hand to contribute to the protection of giant pandas and show our respect to the staff who protect the lovely pandas.

Some of the giant pandas were relocated from Sichuan Provice to Beijing, Zhejiang and Ya’an.

So far there is no death report of giant pandas. But three of them are missing and nowhere to find.

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Pandas before|after Earthquake

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In this catastrophic earthquake, not only a lot of people died or got handicapped, severely injured, quite a few pandas became homeless, scared and ran away from the Giant Panda Breeding Base to escape from the quake. Here we show you two videos, one for the panda babies playing around in the Giant Panda Infant School before the earthquake. The other is a collection of Panda pictures during and after the earthquake.

(WenChuan Sichuan Earthquake)Panda Infant School Before

Panda lost their home in the earthquake Wolong

Here are some more pictures with English illustrations. Enjoy!

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An additional comment on Sharon Stone’s ‘karma’ response

While most people criticized Sharon Stone’s association between karma and China’s earthquake, I saw few are trying to help her to get away by quoting her last few sentences:

Then I got a letter from the Tibetan Foundation, and they wanted to go and be helpful. And that made my cry. And they asked me if I’d write a quote for that and I said I would. That was a big lesson to me, that sometimes you have to learn to put you head down to be at service even to the people who aren’t nice to you. That’s a big lesson for me.

Some say that the above comment shows her change of thoughts and she no longer views the earth quake as “karma”. Besides, she promised to help.

Actually this part of her interview infuriates me most. It has to be pointed out that that she never changed her “earthquake is karma” train of thought here. Her ‘big lesson’–help people even if they treat you badly, still points finger at the earthquake victims–you are GUILTY, but I am going to help anyway. I may eventually dismiss the karma comment as coldblooded nonsense, but I can’t stand her scorn toward the victims and her arrogance in the name of charity . She slaps people in the face, throws couple of bucks (maybe only in the plan), and complacently expects APPRECIATION. It disgusts me.

Who knows what she was thinking when she did other charity work? Maybe ‘AIDS fagot, enjoy your karma’?

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Sharon Stone:the earthquake is karma

When asked about the Sichuan earthquake in the Cannes Film Festival, the actress responded delightfully, “Well, you know, it was very interesting…I am unhappy about the way Chinese are treating the Tibetans… Then all this earthquake,all this stuff happened, I thought, is that Karma? When you are not nice, the bad things happen to you.”

Apparently, Ms. Stone shares similar opinion with Falun Gong practitioners and the Westboro Baptist Church——the lives of more than 60,000 people claimed by the earthquake, including many of her beloved ‘Tibetans’ and thousands of children, are all deserved to die, because she is not happy about the Chinese government’s policy. I guess the same thing goes for people died in the tsunami, 9/11, Katrina, and Myanmar cyclone——well, God and Bin Laden don’t like whatever your government did, so go to hell.

There is no need to protest the hypocrisy of a brainless Hollywood porn star or those human rights activists, as this is what they always do. Ten seconds ago she was still preaching “I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else”, then there came this malicious curse to ordinary people she doesn’t even know——face your karma, rot in hell! Where is the human rights now? Where is the “compassion”? And by the way, where is Dalai Lama’s effort to help those “suffered”——a lot of them are Tibetans, living in the great Tibetan area he always wants to ‘free’?Is ‘karma ‘ all he can teach? Is it the Karma for people who are still worshiping him?

The worst and most shameless part yet to come. “…sometimes you have to learn to put your head down to be of service, even for people who are not nice to you…” My fellow Chinese, my parents and friends who are still suffering in Sichuan, can you feel the mercy and grace from Her Holiness Sharon Stone? She is willing to lower her noble head, forgive and pity you low life sinners. How lucky you are and how gracious she is! She must be a true princess!

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