Thursday, June 12, 2008

Please Give Generously...


Going to our local market this week I was surprised to see what looks like a list of name (shop name to be exact) along with some sort of donation amount.
Information is surfacing about some of the “voluntary” donation made by Chinese citizens.

“[…] bosses have put up lists of names of employees who've donated and how much they've given.
Grumbling has erupted over the zeal at which company … have demanded donations. Feeling pressure to display generosity, some executives of foreign companies with operations in China quietly voice fears that they may be targeted for boycott if they aren't seen as exemplary in their giving.
Even foreign diplomats say that the Foreign Ministry in Beijing is pressuring them for disaster donations. One European diplomat, who wasn't authorized by his government to speak publicly, said it was clear that China was "keeping score" of how much each country gave.
Employees attached to work units sometimes are told how much they're expected to contribute, only to get new appeals from neighborhood associations and other social groups to donate to separate quake-relief efforts.”

Can you see your name?

Today is the one month anniversary of the 7.9-on-the-Richter-scale Sichuan Earthquake that killed more than 69,000 people, injured hundreds of thousand and left almost 5 million people homeless.