Sun Taiyi is an Assistant Professor of political science at Christopher Newport University. His interests focus on disaster politics, civil society, and the dynamics of state-society relations. His current research deals primarily with the development of the public sphere and the accumulation of social capital after disasters.

Civic Transformation in the Wake of the Wenchuan Earthquake: State, Society, and the Individual

On 12 May 2008, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Wenchuan region, Sichuan province, causing widespread damage in 10 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities in China. According to official data, about 45 million people were affected by the seism, including no less than 69,229 casualties and 17,923 missing persons. The earthquake also resulted in tremendous […]

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