Reconstructing Resilient Communities after the Wenchuan Earthquake: Disaster Recovery in China looks at the changes in Chinese society following the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan from various perspectives ranging from reconstruction policy, mental care for disaster victims, tourism in disaster areas, ethnic minorities, and disaster prevention education. The Wenchuan Earthquake, which occurred three months prior to the Beijing Olympics, attracted worldwide attention in May of 2008. Following this natural disaster, the government in China conducted a delicate bargaining between government top-drown control and openness to its people and the international society in its effort to steer the reconstruction. This book examines the globalization of modern society through examination of these events and considers what we have learned from this disaster, subsequent reconstruction, and issues that may arise in the future.
Junko Otani is professor in the Graduate School of Human Sciences at the University of Osaka.
Chapter 1. The Characteristics of and Problems with Chinese Society’s Recovery Measures Following the Sichuan Earthquakes
Chapter 2. The Role of Post-disaster NGOs in the 2008 Wenchuan and 2013 Lushan Earthquakes in Sichuan in P.R. China: A Case Study of Grass-roots Mental Support NGOs
Yumei Zhang, and Junko Otani
Chapter 3. Mental Care for Occupants of a Welfare Facility for Older Adults
in the Disaster-Affected Area of Sichuan
Chapter 4. Disaster Prevention Education in Dark Tourism: The Beichuan National Earthquake Ruins Museum
Chapter 5. Intangible Cultural Properties of the Qiang after the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake: Qiang Year in Mao County
Chapter 6. History of Social Disaster Prevention After the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake:
Practice of Disaster Prevention Education in Schools and Community Disaster Prevention
Appendix 1: A Great Earthquake Strikes China…Again
Ken Xiansheng Hao
Appendix 2: Volunteer Activities after the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake
Appendix 3: 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake: Reflections on the Returning Early Summer
Appendix 4: The 108 Baby Arhats
Appendix 5: Impact of Commercial Development Due to Earthquake Reconstruction on Local Residents: Case of Luobozhai Village, Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province
Appendix 6: Reflecting on an Unexpected Year in an Unexpected Year
Appendix 7: Disaster Research and Changes in Campus Safety at Sichuan University After the Earthquake
Appendix 8: Disaster Prevention Measures and Reconstruction Activities of Minority Community Residents: A Study of Frequent Mudslides Since the Sichuan Earthquake
This ground-breaking book, edited by a leading academic at the University of Osaka, assembles interdisciplinary perspectives seeking to understand the globalization of modern society by examining the calamitous 2008 earthquake in China with its epicenter in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province. Addressing the human science dimensions of the reconstruction of resilient communities using the insights of Chinese and international researchers ensures a unique contribution to the urgent questions of disaster prevention and recovery, in the process developing theoretical innovation and practical public policy responses. Essential reading for those wishing to understand the complexity of social dynamics in times of crisis.
A timely reminder that as disasters fade from news reports, we have much to gain by revisiting earlier events and following the lessons learned through the affected location's response, recovery and reconstruction. This book examines the Wenchuan earthquakes through a people-focused cross-disciplinary lens, which provides a model for future retrospective studies of significant disasters and crises, in order that we can consolidate and share important insights for future policy and planning.