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Two Years on, Remembering The Fukushima Disaster

New America Media, Letter, Andrew Lam , Mar 10, 2013

The letter below, written in Vietnamese by an immigrant who was working in Fukushima as a policeman to a friend in Vietnam, and it was published in newspapers and circulated on the Internet a week or so after the incident. It is an extraordinary testimony to the strength and dignity of the Japanese spirit, and an interesting slice of life near the epicenter of Japan's current crisis, the Fukushima nuclear power plant. I translated and published it on New America Media two weeks after the disaster struck on March 11, 2011. I am reposting it here on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of the Tohoku disaster.

Letter from Fukushima: A Vietnamese-Japanese Police Officer’s Account

New America Media, First Person, Ha Minh Thanh, Mar 19, 2011


McCain's Hurricane Season

New America Media, blog, Julian Do, Sep 03, 2008

It’s no fluke that John McCain has gotten this far. He is a tough and talented politician with a streak of independent actions that has generated respects from his peers from both sides of the isle. Along the way, McCain has weathered many political crisis. His pick of Sarah Palin may be the biggest gamble he has made in his political career.

I Want My Al Jazeera -- Vermont Town Debates Access

New America Media, News Report , Jalal Ghazi, Jul 11, 2008

The battle over diversity in the media came to a head in the town of Burlington, Vt. in a heated debate over whether to continue airing the award-winning news channel Al Jazeera English.

Indonesia

Indonesians in America Wonder if God Has Forsaken their Homeland

New America Media, News Report, Peter Micek & Julia Harte, Aug 08, 2006

Indonesia has suffered from a string of natural disasters – tsunamis, earthquakes, bird flu, volcano eruptions – such that many Indonesians in America are now looking for answers – both from God and government.

Phi-Phi beach

Phuket Beaches Hopping, Other Areas Still Recovering

New America Media, News Report, Pueng Vongs, Jun 07, 2006

Many popular tourist areas in Thailand that were hard hit by the 2004 Christmas tsunami are back in top form, but other areas may never return to their former state.

Tents

Tsunami Funds Sitting in Banks While Victims Languish in Tents

Sri Lanka Express, News Report, Hassina Leelarathna, Jan 16, 2006

Surveys released on the first anniversary of the tsunami reveal that a large percentage of those affected are still living in makeshift tents while the money piles up at many of the charities that raised funds for tsunami reconstruction.

Survivor

Still Touched by the Tsunami - Emotional Scars Run Deep

India West, News Feature, Bala Murali Krishna, Jan 02, 2006

One year after the tsunami, "emotional first aid" remains a priority even for those who believe they are fine now and moving on with life.

Asian American Community Denounces Hiring of ‘Tsunami Song’ Creator to San Francisco Radio Station

Pacific Citizen, News Report, Lynda Lin, Aug 17, 2005

Rick Delgado, a radio producer fired from HOT 97 (WQHT-FM) earlier this year for masterminding the tsunami parody song filled with anti-Asian slurs, has landed in a firestorm of protest since coming to a San Francisco, a city with over 33 percent Asians. Many ask, is ‘edgy’ radio becoming hateful for ratings?

Tribe

Andaman Island Tribals Might Weather Tsunami but not Civilization

India Currents, Interview, Sandip Roy-Chowdhury, Jun 27, 2005

The indigenous tribes of the Andaman and Nicobar islands lived almost Stone Age lives and their intuition about nature helped when the tsunami hit. But Madhusree Mukherjee, one of the few outsiders to gain access to these tribes says its unclear how well they will weather the effects of civilization.

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