The victims need all the help they can get. Cities have been leveled, buildings made of concrete were destroyed by strong winds and storm surges. Communications have yet to be reestablished in most of the areas affected by the typhoon. The full picture left behind by Haiyan has yet to be established yet the devastation reported on television is already extensive. The government is bracing for large-scale relief operations. Virtually 1/3 of the country has been ravaged by this natural disaster. And we need help.
HOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CAN HELP
donations via the Philippine Red Cross (including PayPal)
I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in. What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven? We are arrant knaves, all. Believe none of us. Go thy ways to a nunnery. Where’s your father?
I can already tell just by watching this trailer for a documentary of the lives of mixed-race people in Japan that this is going to be a really powerful film. I don’t discuss it very often with people that aren’t already embedded in the whole Japan circle, but I’ll admit that there have been times where I’ve felt identity crises of a sort because of my American heritage mixed with my Japanese fluency. I love what I do with my life, but sometimes I still find myself thinking about the big stuff like that. I can’t say those experiences line up completely with what mixed-race people have to go through in Japan, but certainly those experiences I’ve had have made me empathetic to the unique ups and downs that they experience in their lives. Sometimes I wonder if after I get back there and maybe I end up with kids of my own whether I’ll have to one day give them “the talk” about being mixed in such a densely “Japanese” society. Here’s hoping films like this and other things help Japan keep paving the way towards becoming a nation that really embraces its diversity widely one day.