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Allegan, Michigan 49010



April 21, 2010


Mr. President of the United States of America

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C., 20500


Dear Mr. President of the United States of America:


Yushu County, Qinghai Province, China, had two earthquakes on the morning of April 14, 2010. The maximum magnitude of the earthquake was 7.1M. The epicenter was located near the county seat. Ending at 5:00 p.m. Beijing time on the April 20th, Yushu earthquake resulted in the death of 2064 people, and left over 12,000 injured or missing. After the earthquake, President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao went to the disaster areas to comfort victims of the disaster, find out what happened, and organize rescue efforts.


Yushu County is located in the east of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The town has been there since ancient times. It has been a transportation and commercial center, connecting Qinghai, Tibet, and Sichuan Provinces for four thousand years. Because the earthquake’s source was shallow-derived and most people were sleeping when the earthquake happened, it caused serious casualties. The population of Yushu County town is about 10 million people, and 90 percent of the local housing has collapsed.


Although the rescue teams and relief supplies have started to arrive in the disaster area, because of terrain, altitude sickness and bad weather, progress has been very difficult. People in disaster areas still urgently need food, medicine, clothing, tents, medical equipment, and medical personnel.


I am a cultural exchange student from China, living with my host family in Allegan, Michigan. I attend Allegan High School. I first read the news of the earthquake on the web-sites in New York on April 14th. I saw the Third Wan Primary School, which had more than 3,000 students in Yushu County, had 80% of the classrooms collapsed. A few dozen teachers were digging in the ruins with their hands, trying to find more than 200 students under the ruins. I read about a charity volunteer, who was from Hong Kong and working in an orphanage in Yushu; he tried to save people while the earthquake was happening. He was killed during the aftershock. I saw on the news that President Hu Jintao used chalk to write on the blackboard: "The new schools, we will have! The new homes, we will have!" and lead the children reading aloud. I heard that in Beijing, on April 20th, a large fund-raising raised a total of 2.175-billion-Yuan in donations. My family told me that on April 21st, a national day of lament, the masts were half turning down and the sirens were sounding.


I know that the American Red Cross has already donated 50,000 U.S. dollars to Yushu through the China Red Cross. I know that the United States, Japan, Korea, France, Norway, Thailand, New Zealand and other countries have provided China with a total of 3.955 million U.S. dollars in relief funds and donations. However, in the news and photos, the town is still beyond recognition. I still see dozens of orphans who have dirty and scared faces squeezing in a tent. I still see that there are lots of students, who have no warm clothing, standing on the playgrounds and huddling together for warmth. I still see hundreds of children who lost their parents, lost their homes, and lost their classrooms. I still see the parents who lost their children searching for them in the rubble. I still see relatives holding the remains of the victims of their families and bursting into tears. This is not just the misfortune of people in disaster areas. It is not just the misfortune of China. This is a misfortune for all mankind. Humans always look very vulnerable and very insignificant when they face natural disasters.


As an exchange student, I am enjoying higher education in the United States. Every day I can go to school to learn new knowledge and about American culture. I can read a variety of books in the school library. I can eat delicious meals and wear comfortable clothes every day. I can enjoy the love and care of relatives and friends. But the children in the disaster area can not live like me. They can not have enough food or warm clothes. Not only have those, their young hearts born the grief for their loved ones who have died. They have lost loved ones, friends, teachers, and schools in the earthquake. For a child that is likely to mean a lost future. These facts are unbearable!


When I was studying American history, I understood that the United States is an advanced country committed to world peace and equality of education. When I was studying American politics, I understood that the United States is pursuing the happiness of the human race. When I was going to church with my host family, I met people who help each other when needed. When I was doing volunteer work and helping poor families, I learned this was a noble act, regardless of nationality or ethnicity.


As a Chinese citizen, I deeply love my country. The earthquakes are like a scar left on the land of China and also in people’s hearts. I remember Wenchuan earthquake on May 12, 2008, where a total of 69,227 people were killed, 374,640 injured, and 17,942 missing. Old injuries have not yet healed, and now, new injuries have just been added. I firmly believe that the people will overcome this disaster, rebuild their beautiful homeland, and be free from the shadows of sorrow with the help of people from around the country and the support of the international community.


Although there has been tension between the United States and China in international affairs this year, I sincerely hope that the distinguished President of the United States, the United States Government, and all Americans will help to treat the misfortune of a nation, and even the misfortune of man, with humanitarian concern. I hope you can give more substantial help to the people in the disaster areas in the way of materials and funds. There is an ancient Chinese saying "Planting a tree needs a decade, however, educating a person needs a hundred years." Your aid is needed to make this happen. As a Chinese citizen, I am trying to do as the best I can, while my fellow countrymen are all working every day to mend the disasters. The reconstruction needs more help. I hope the students who desire to sit in classrooms and study knowledge can return to new school. I hope the children who lost loved ones can be free of grief. I hope that all of these children can be as happy as normal children as soon as possible.


I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the distinguished President of the United States, the United States Government, other American organizations and the American people for helping the people in earthquake-stricken areas. I would also like to express my heartfelt thanks to the ISE Organization, my host family, and the principals and teachers of Allegan High School. Meanwhile, I express my profound condolences to the victims of the earthquakes. And my gratitude for the humanitarian helps of the international community, aide organizations and rescue workers.





Yanan Hu





Yanan Hu



      这封信从我起稿到邮寄的这六天里,经过了“妈妈”和原美国政治老师Mr. Chalupa的五次修改,在这里我要对他们的帮助表示衷心的感谢。







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