News and events in China today are dominated by commemorations of the Sichuan earthquake of May 12, 2008.

In that spirit, here is a link to a video released today by Afterquake, a project by Abigail Washburn and Dave Liang, American musicians living in China, to document and assist the recovery effort.

I think most people will find the video affecting but not depressing. It certainly makes clear why this event so dominated the country's consciousness last year. The only thing the post-earthquake scenes don't convey is how vast the devastated area was. You could drive for hours, far away from the epicenter, and still see crushed buildings and shaken-down mountains like those depicted here.

Further links: Sichuan Quake Relief charity
           Additional site on Vimeo for English version of video
           Sites for Chinese version of video on Tudou and Youku
           SexyBeijing.TV, whose Luke Mines shot and edited the video