Coco Wang has written a series of comic strips documenting stories of rescue from the devastating earthquake in China. An excerpt from Wang’s introduction:
Thousands of heart-breaking stories are happening 24 hours non-stop everyday, some are so sad that you can hardly bear, some are incredibly moving that you just can’t stop crying… I wanted to go to the front to help with all those people, some of my friends have already gone there, but I heard that the traffic needed to be kept totally clear for rescue transportation at the moment, people like me without knowledge of first-aid and experience of rescue operations going there now would cause choas and trouble… but I can’t just sit at home and do nothing, I have been crying my eyes out in the past three days, I have never felt more proud of my country and people… their love, courage and kindness rock me to my core! I have decided to tell these touching stories by drawing comics.
It’s a very difficult read. Many stories are inspiring, but they’re just as often unbearably tragic — though actually, there are a few funny strips towards the end. The sixth comic “My Father is a Hero” had me crying like a baby.
But, at least in the U.S., these are stories that we aren’t hearing. And they deserve to be heard. Also, Wang’s illustration and retelling of the events amounts to a wonderful tribute.
So get your hankies, and head on over to read all of the earthquake strips.