Chinese authorities have released the first official student death toll from last year’s huge earthquake in Sichuan province. The move came as private citizens continue to press the Chinese government for more transparency in releasing information about the deaths of school children in last year’s quake. Artist Ai Weiwei, son of famous Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-designer of Beijing’s Bird’s Nest national stadium, has become part of this transparency effort by publishing a list of names of children killed in the quake on his blog.
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