Disaster in Japan

News from Japan
We may live in a world of instant news, but that doesn’t mean that all the news is accurate. Here is my roundup of information that appears to come from people who know what is happening.

Science Insider published a series of articles titled Japan Earthquake: The Aftermath. Each article answers a particular question about the events of the Earthquake.

TimeOut Tokyo is publishing a Japan Earthquake Live Report for English speaking residents. It addresses practical matters such as coping with power blackouts and finding accurate information.

GaijinPot in Japan is reporting daily on what is happening throughout Japan, with an emphasis on presenting the information as accurately as possible.

The Japanese in Canada
Our family is honored to have in our midst a Canadian of Japanese descent. His family and mine arrived on Canadian shores several generations ago. Both our families helped to settle this country.

His family, however, were victims of  Discrimination, as were many others of Asian descent. In 1942, in what is called the biggest black mark on Canada’s record, Japanese Canadians were stripped of all their belongings and placed in Detention Camps for the duration of World War II.

After the war, his family chose to remain in Canada. When I asked his father why they stayed, he said “Because we are Canadian.”

Please Canada, think about how you can help Japan in their time of need.

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    • I seem to feel more motivated to help Japan than other countries that have needed help in recent years. I think it is because her people have played such a large role in our past, and were treated so poorly. Yet they remained loyal to their adopted country of Canada, without forgetting their heritage.

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  1. “Because we are Canadian”.
    That’s amazing. They remained loyal albeit how they were treated.
    More than 50 years of assimilation and we Malaysians still have difficulty to refrain from identifying ourselves according to race.

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    • Canada really is a melting pot of nationalities. I believe most people came to Canada with the belief that their life in Canada would be better than the life they left behind. For the most part it was, and I think that is why the Japanese remained loyal to their adopted country.

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