Thursday, March 17, 2011


I don't mean to be awkward but watching the BBC News has made me feel that it is time to do exactly the opposite.  I know the bloggers who have organized the Day of Silence below have their hearts in the right place, but watching BBC TV tonight I feel that we have been silent for TOO LONG!

I've left this note on several blogs this evening and will leave it on many more.  I've called Japan Consulates in L.A. and Honolulu, the American Consulate in Tokyo and have left emails for President Obama and my Congresspeople.  Perhaps you would like to do the same.  

I was brought up in the Asian culture to behave nicely and stay quiet until called upon to put my two cents in but I feel, that a week into the crisis in Japan, more must be done and it's not enough for ordinary people watching this happen to sit home in silence.  If the Japanese government/people are anything like the Asian people I grew up with, they are very good at offering help, but have a very hard time asking for it themselves.  Here is what I'm saying:

i’m asking you to add your voice to those who are calling for an airlift/drop of food into northeast japan. by a non-japanese entity, if necessary. within 24 hours. it seems that the japanese government are overwhelmed and it is just heartbreaking to think that people are now starving there after all that they have been through. it has been six days since some of them have had a proper meal and those who are being fed are sharing one riceball between two people!
thanks if you can. it’s terrible to stand by and to feel we can do nothing to help.


  1. Thanks for your comment. Please know the JAPANESE GOVERNMENT IS DOING THE BEST THEY CAN. We are all doing our best to get food to the people in the evacuation camps.Best way we can help is send money.

  2. Is there a website or link or petition?

  3. thanks for speaking out. so hard to concentrate on the mundane day-to-day which now seems like frivolities in light of what's going on in japan.


  4. Hi MP...
    Excellent that you are talking up this dialogue....
    is Red cross best port of entry or do you have a direct link to an organisation dropping food to Japan's north-east.

    Have been reading hello Sandwich on twitter... glad to spread the word...not sure what the most productive thing to recommend is!

  5. Thanks for your message, I will do what I can. It is heartbreaking.

  6. I admire you for speaking out and making these suggestions for us to follow. You and Sophie are amazing women. I will do my best. Carry on...