Red Cross Tents At Yunnan Earthquake Site, Netizen Reactions

Relief tents provided by the Red Cross Society of China.

Relief tents provided by the Red Cross Society of China.

A week ago, a series of earthquakes occurred in Yunnan province that officials say displaced at least 100,000 people

From NetEase:

Yiliang Earthquake Area Relocation Site Filled with Red Cross Tents

September 12, the Yunnan Province Zhaotong City Yiliang County Model Elementary School relocation site has become a model for disaster refugee relocation sites. Relief tents bearing the logo of the Red Cross Society of China are cover the entire site.

Relief tents provided by the Red Cross Society of China.

The layout of the Red Cross Society of China relief tents is neat and orderly.

A refugee with his child.

Refugees living in the tent.

The beds and bedding have been changed allowing the people who had moved outside due to torrential rains and debris to once again move back into the tents, their living conditions now having basically returned to normal.

Two kids are preparing for lunch.

Two kids are preparing to eat lunch.

disease prevention staffs are conducting disinfection routine.

September 12, Yunnan Province Zhaotong City Yiliang County Demonstration Elementary School relocation site Red Cross relief tents area, disease prevention staffs are conducting their disinfection routine.

Volunteer service team is cleaning up.

Volunteer service teams formed from members of the Communist Youth League at various high schools and vocational colleges at the relocation site participating in cleanup and sanitation work.

Comments from NetEase:

网易安徽省淮南市网友 ip:58.242.*.*:

[The Red Crossis ] really panicking, using their savings now to advertise! Who are they kidding~

吓咪猫 [网易广东省珠海市网友]: (responding to above)

No matter how much they put in [to advertise], I still won’t donate a single cent! Goddamn evil Red Cross Society, sending me text messages every day, asking me to donate money!

无敌FC [网易北京市网友]:

No matter what you do, you can’t cover your black nature [corruption].
Many things have happened lately, and it seems the attention on Wristwatch Yang and Yangmingtan Bridge have become less.
Everybody ding this up, don’t let that fat pig get away.

依八八服饰T恤 [网易广东省东莞市网友]: (responding to above)

Wristwatch Brother Yang and Fang Daguo as well as their families are currently burning joss sticks at home: Thanks for the Imperial Japanese Army distracting the people’s attention.

金大象 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

[The cost of the tents] added all up doesn’t even match the cost of Meimei‘s sports car.

不会吧这都有 [网易重庆市网友]:

Won’t donate.

lilian617 [网易北京市网友]:

What are they trying to say? That we can continue donating money to feed the pigs?

superyellow [网易广东省深圳市南山区网友]:

Better check, what’s the purchase price for each tent?

网易河南省洛阳市网友 ip:221.13.*.*: (responding to above)

This really mustn’t be looked into. This is their most important secret. You’d be asking for their lives.

发改委啥部门 [网易河南省郑州市网友]:

The Red Cross has begun to advertise/promote themselves! This many tents must’ve cost a lot!

又不见你去改变世界 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

The buildings behind are probably already cracking before people have even moved into them. Oh yeah, what about those beautiful new village houses that were constructed in Sichuan, what’s the situation now after it was exposed that they had serious construction quality problems?

芙小小被和谐了 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Stop trying to trick us, we won’t donate any more!

野鬼游魂 [网易上海市网友]:

Does everyone see the eye-catching words “Donated by the Red Cross Society of China, subsidized by the National Lottery Welfare Fund”? The Red Cross Society is making such a big deal about themselves when they didn’t actually even use their own money. It was subsidized by the National Lottery Welfare Fund, and they think this can redeem their already ruined reputation?

庸户当种养 [网易北京市网友]:

With such big words and logo, are you guys afraid people won’t know they’re your tents?

从横四海 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]:

No matter how many advertisements you put out, they still won’t change the fact that you are worms living off of others.


When the Red Cross doesn’t do anything, you guys condemn them, yet when they finally do something you’re still unsatisfied and nitpicking. No matter how bad the Red Cross is, at least this time they did something good. Complainers, do you guys really complain just for the sake of complaining?

shengbo44924 [网易福建省厦门市网友]:

Once a thief, always a thief. The Red Cross Society cannot be forgiven, don’t think you can put up a few tents and say you’re doing good deeds. The money was all donated by the people, you’re merely helping the refugees with other people’s money, yourselves donated only so little. Besides, everybody knows that in mainland China those so-called charity centers, foundations, etc. are all for the sake of conning money; which one doesn’t put their own interests first?

翼星 [网易山东省菏泽市网友]:

Those are not the Red Cross Society’s tents. The Red Cross takes the money from donors, takes a percentage, and simply does things to make themselves look good, okay?

OXXXOXXXO [网易山东省日照市网友]:

Whoever donates is a SB.

豪放女 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

Naked commercial advertising behavior…

网易山东省威海市网友 [黑夜即将过去]:

Red Cross and civil affairs departments, if the tents weren’t printed with these words, would the cost have been lower? Would you then have been able to make even more tents?

网易安徽省合肥市网友 ip:124.73.*.*:

What gives you the right to print “donated by the Red Cross Society of China” on it? Just what cent was given by you?

不明真像的man [网易上海市网友] :

To print words on a tent is charged by the number of words. How much a word costs I’m not too clear on. Does anyone know?

sxc007380 [网易广西防城港市网友]: (responding to above)

In a small place like where I am, normally a word like those on the roof would cost 3 yuan each, while the smaller words below would be 1.5 yuan. Let’s count how many words there are!

黑夜即将过去 [网易山东省威海市网友]: (responding to above)

Impossible. A few years ago I was in screen printing business. Even if its an an individual coming to print an entire batch, with such a large tent and this many words, you could give me 150 [RMB] per tent and I wouldn’t necessarily do do it. What more, this is the Red Cross, so if I could print them 150 yuan, I’d have to at least charge 500 yuan each in order to give the extra 350 yuan to them as their kickback!

What do you think? Of the Red Cross’s work in this disaster? Of the netizen public’s cynicism towards the Red Cross?

Relief tents provided by the Red Cross Society of China.


Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.


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