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Malasian Jetliner Tragedy; The Voices America Does Not Hear
I think that photo works for the point that I am trying not to make.
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.
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.
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
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.
I use this song because I am writing to Westerners.
Will you please include prayers for fellow humans
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.