More earth­quake re­lief rolling in

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By AMY HE in New York amyhe@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Chi­nese or­ga­ni­za­tions across the US have do­nated more than $400,000 to the Chi­nese em­bassy to sup­port re­lief ef­forts for the Yun­nan earth­quake that struck China in early Au­gust.

Thir­teen Chi­nese as­so­ci­a­tions, one com­pany, and three Ti­betans from the US do­nated about $110,000 to the Con­sulate Gen­eral of China in New York on Thurs­day. It was the sec­ond time the em­bassy re­ceived do­na­tions from Chi­nese or­ga­ni­za­tions, bring­ing the to­tal do­na­tions to more than $400,000, ac­cord­ing to the em­bassy.

“Af­ter the first time we re­ceived do­na­tions from the groups, the re­sponse was so over­whelm­ing,” said Sun Guox­i­ang, China’s con­sul gen­eral in New York. “Peo­ple were call­ing us non-stop to see how they could do­nate money, so we de­cided to in­vite groups over for a sec­ond day of do­na­tions.”

The par­tic­i­pat­ing as­so­ci­a­tions in­cluded the Philadel­phia Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Or­ga­ni­za­tion United, Amer­i­can Houyu Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, the Chi­nese Wen Chow As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Amer­i­can Ting Jiang As­so­ci­a­tion, who do­nated $26,336, $21,360, $30,720, and $11,500, re­spec­tively.

“Dis­tin­guished com­mu­nity lead­ers, compatriots, and me­dia friends, I do ap­pre­ci­ate your com­ing to the con­sulate gen­eral for the sec­ond time, to sup­port our compatriots who suf­fered the earth­quake dis­as­ter this month in Yu­nan prov­ince,” Sun said.

Though the amount do­nated is limited, the peo­ple’s “spirit of neigh­bor­hood watch, care, and love to the moth­er­land” are “bound­less”, he said.

“Our na­tion and our peo­ple have suf­fered from dis­as­ters and difficulties through­out our his­tory. How­ever, the rea­son why our na­tion has such vi­tal­ity is be­cause those hor­ri­ble dis­as­ters have never scared our peo­ple,” Sun said. “When dis­as­ter strikes, help comes from all sides. It has always been our peo­ple’s fine tra­di­tion.

“I be­lieved that with such spirit and moral­ity, peo­ple in the dis­as­ter-in­volved ar­eas will con­quer this dif­fi­culty and re­build a bet­ter home­land, and thanks to the spirit, we will over­come all kinds of chal­lenges and difficulties dur­ing the process to achieve our na­tion’s re­nais­sance,” he said.

Jimmy Zhang, pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Houyu Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, said that more than 100 peo­ple in his or­ga­ni­za­tion do­nated to the cause, and that it took about a week to gather more than $21,000.

“Com­pas­sion is im­por­tant,” Zhang said. “It’s im­por­tant to help peo­ple from our own coun­try.”

Ste­vie Lam, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Philadel­phia Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Or­ga­ni­za­tion United, said that his or­ga­ni­za­tion has do­nated to other dis­as­ter-re­lated ef­forts be­fore, in­clud­ing those for the Sichuan earth­quake that rocked the western Chi­nese prov­ince in 2008, killing more than 87,000 peo­ple.

“I think it’s the intention that counts,” he told China Daily. “We weren’t able to raise much, but it’s more that we care and we want to sup­port the peo­ple af­fected.”

Wong Jian­ming, for­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, said they hoped that the peo­ple in Yun­nan can re­build and start over with the help they are able to get.

The 6.1-mag­ni­tude earth­quake in Yun­nan hit Lu­dian County on Aug 3, killing more than 600 peo­ple and dis­plac­ing more than 200,000.

Liu Zheng con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

AMY HE / CHINA DAILY

Mem­bers of the Amer­ica Ting Jiang As­so­ci­a­tion pre­sent­ing Sun Guox­i­ang (cen­ter), con­sul gen­eral of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in New York, with a do­na­tion check for Yun­nan earth­quake re­lief ef­forts.

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