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Malasian Jetliner Tragedy; The Voices America Does Not Hear

Updated on April 15, 2014

I think that photo works for the point that I am trying not to make.

Sheesh Loius I got no bone here but this folks say "hey you are a writer with and Asian wife, get to work here boy"
Sheesh Loius I got no bone here but this folks say "hey you are a writer with and Asian wife, get to work here boy" | Source

A letter to an American Writer

(The first portion of this hub is meant to set the scenario, it is not true and it is in mixed form on purpose to get the point across that it is not me or you or them or us -- it is we but we are reluctant and should not be)

MY brother is now gone. He was born in Canton Province but now he is a number.

I will care for his wife and children. I will love them as my own. I am just a peasant from the Canton area. We all chipped in money for his flight and trip down there ---- and now we all hate ourselves.

We are poor Chinese and no one can know our pain. For we are nothing in the eyes lthe world.

I am sorry my English is not so good.

But I lost my brother on that flight. Will one of you English speakers speak for me?

Sometimes I think he is laughing directly at me.

But then I see the children playing all about him.
But then I see the children playing all about him. | Source

And so I told the man -- please not me!

And he wrote back if not you then who? I told him I am just a doctor's son married to a Vietnamese from a farm in Cu Chi Viet with dirt floors and pride but no power.

And the bastard wrote back and said "who better to speak for me?"

So then the persistent man sent my email to a dad who lost a daughter on the flight and that was very rude to do to me. They are speaking some Cantonese and some Mandarin and some danged Mongolian I just get by, by the passion I could feel.

So now because I get the culture and am an idiot with a softer heart than a dead horse I have to write hubs and articles about how these people deserve our respect and compassion because they are human.

God please tell me that I have no responsibility just because I am a writer to help them. Just because I am a preacher man I have no need to help those who do not believe in you as I do, they believe in another way.

But I guess you do not get off the hook that easily.

At least not where I come from.
At least not where I come from. | Source

Jetliner filled with Chinese down and who gives a damn?

And so I must write in order to bring some clarity to the losses suffer by our brothers and sisters in China. Let us look at the numbers and some personal stuff from our friends at the BBC:

"Missing Malaysia plane: The passengers on board MH370 Among the 239 people on board flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March, was a party of Chinese calligraphers, a couple returning to their young sons after a beach getaway and a construction worker making his first trip home in a year.

There were 14 nationalities represented in the 227 passengers and 12 crew travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The majority - 153 people - were Chinese."

Now please keep in mind that China for many years has had a one child policy that is fairly strictly enforced. Losing a child means losing all your children. And if they were working as foreigners it means losing your income. And so for the 153 Chines it means all those passengers were returning home after being away.

Asian Burial Culture

It is definitely more elaborate. And a big big deal.
It is definitely more elaborate. And a big big deal. | Source

A bit about Chinese Death and Burial and Anniversaries.

When someone dies in traditional Chinese families first this is that the calender is checked to determine from date of death the right time for the funeral. Next important invitations are sent out. RSVPs are a must. There are even traditions of the proper colors of the envelopes used. Money is given in respect back to the family to pay for the burial celebration.

Generally under 80 there is just morning. Over 80 a celebration and even pink instead of white envelopes. This is brings us partly to the huge influence of ancestor worship. Which is huge.

Marching bands are hired proper colors must be worn. Familiar relations must walk in certain formations. It is a big deal.

Death anniversaries are huge celebrations. Yes like we celebrate birthdays the celebrate the day of the death of the ancestor.

So knowing the happenstance and date of a death in China is huge. Loss of that ability to properly honor one who has died is a very troubling and heartbreaking sadness for a family.



Shrines are important and you cannot have one without the body or at least the day of death.

This is my Father's in Vietnam but his traditions are Chinese.
This is my Father's in Vietnam but his traditions are Chinese. | Source

I use this song because I am writing to Westerners.

Please

Will you please include prayers for fellow humans

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Allow me to conclude.

We all suffer loss and death and it is hard on everyone throughout the world.. But we have choices. We can suffer our losses and then move on and in the west we are pretty good at that. But when your culture includes ancestor worship and matters like Karma and reincarnation it is much more difficult.

And so I really would appreciate some appreciation for the Chinese and their loss.

Love knows no ocean, no race, no culture. Love is human to human and we need to send as much as we can their way,

If you read this you are a writer and hopefully poet, some poems sent their way would be wonderful. If you are a songwriter write a song their way. If you are a rich man send some coins there way. If you are a politician send a speech or two their way. If you are preacher please preach on this. If you are a teach please teach on this. If you are Chinese American please talk to people about this.

The world needs to learn more and hate less.

I understand many people do not like this song.

So if it really bothers you please just don't listen to it. But sometimes corny stuff brings home a powerful message at the right time and place.

We need one of these for all the victims of flight MH370

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tough decisions I am sure were made I just do not agree with the decisions.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How right you are. I hope the world noticed.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Crisp that last notion is sadder than that. I know that "we" know where it went down and is. Did you know that while the Aussies were halting searches as had a nuclear sub down below the storms with radar/sonar or what ever new deals like heat and reflections and disturbance detecting ability. It is just that none of the nations will share their capabilities.

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      O William 

      4 years ago

      I totally agree with you Eric. Everyday since March 8, I've followed the story, and my heart breaks seeing the pain and suffering, especially of the Chinese. With all the technology in this age, why can't the plane be identified? Malaysia tried its best, why can't superpowers like Britain and US with its technology take a leading role? Why are some countries holding back information or reluctant to release information early for national security reasons? Now that the Southern Indian Ocean has been combed without any evidence of crash, what next? I think the whole thing is a coverup. There are some people who know what happened to the plane and are keeping a tight lip. My love and prayers for the Chinese.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      I couldn't help but notice how hard it was for the Chinese families of people who were in the plane. They had this searing pain which was of a different quality. Maybe it had to do with the one child policy, so losing someone can mean losing everything.

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      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Alien abduction of some kind! Thank you for writing and paying attention to the powerless voices of our brothers and sisters in the East. You know I'm a Flight Attendant and this very sad unsolved tragedy indeed poked a big hole in my heart and in the hearts of my brothers and sisters in the sky.

      Makes you think that while google satellite and all other modern devices can track me sitting in my pajamas in the living room of my house, this giant bird cannot be located. *sad face*

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dat dere be real. I am not convinced that what we hear is truth.

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      I think it is a coverup of some kind. I do not think those people are dead. There were some Americans on that flight and two infants yet you do not hear of them. They can have drones look in peoples bedroom windows yet they cannot find a huge airplane.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Today we build. I need just a finger from each of you to build a great Chinese wall of love.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The real deal is that the Chinese people are counted in numbers and not in love. I do not buy that corporate stock. If there is a God he has already counted all the hairs on my head and sent a bird over to take notice. Kathy my momma is Naperville born and raised out your way. My grandpappy taught me how to raise vine vegetables and can fruit for winter there. Chicago to me means love of life.

      But that don't mean crap to Gramma Maier, because she even loved me. And so I must love the Chinese who were lost. And I will speak for them. (no I do not want to - I would rather go back to bed'-)

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      Kathy Carr 

      4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      I guess you made your point! I thought about the fact that they didn't seem to put much steam in their efforts to try and locate a jet, not a paper airplane, that appeared to have disappeared without much concern. All of this modern technology, especially coming form China and it's taking this long. Lord only knows what's the real deal.

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