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Tofu-dreg project

"Tofu-dreg project" (Traditional Chinese: 豆腐渣工程) is a phrase used in Mainland China to describe a poorly constructed building. This phrase was coined by Zhu Rongji, the former premier of the People's Republic of China, on a visit to Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province to describe a jerry-built dam.[citation needed]

In China, the term tofu dregs (the pieces left over after making tofu) is widely used as a metaphor for shoddy work, hence the implication that a "tofu-dreg project" is a poorly executed project for which the government should accept responsibility.[1]

After visiting China in early 2011, Canadian journalist Lawrence Solomon stated that many Chinese people "fear that a 'tofu dam' might fail, leading to hundreds of thousands of downstream victims."[2]

Tofu-dreg projects in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquakeEdit

This kindergarten was among the many schools in the disaster region that suffered heavy structural damage.

During the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, many schoolhouses fell down, and many students died. These buildings have been taken to exemplify tofu-dreg projects.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Rising death toll, popular anger in China quake". World Socialist Web Site. May 21, 2008.
  2. ^ Archived 2012-07-08 at
  3. ^ "A Construction Engineer's Thoughts on the Sichuan Earthquake". China Digital Times. May 22, 2008.