Let’s Peace Together Our World~Itah Banda

An American woman who is singing with a Muslim man about how we are all different, and that’s OK.   America is supposed to be about diversity and for everyone to have the right to seek out happiness, however that may be, whether we entirely agree or not. Also this should be able to happen without the fear of being harassed, bullied, and discriminated against. This is what America is supposed to be about.

Let’s try to remember we are also all much more the same and want the same things. Here is a famous musician and other musicians joining efforts in their own way of recognizing how the holidays, spirit of Christmas, or whatever similar you may celebrate abroad or right here in America, can share the same message of hope and peace. This video clip (below) shows the various bells that are rung in recognition and promoting of peace across the world.

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The Joy of living, A Cambodian Village Portrait

Stories like these are inspiring. I also like this video because it is the Cambodian people who are taking the lead to make change in their own countries as they are very much capable of doing. I’m sure outside assistance is welcomed and appreciated, but sometimes well meaning foreigners come in without truly listening to the real needs and even wisdom of the people they are trying to help.

Although I also enjoy the shops, restaurants, and parties out when I’m overseas, the villages and country-side are usually my most favorite places to be.

Healing My Wounds of War-from pain to forgiveness

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It starts with Thuy’s reflection as a child growing up, to an Amerasian experience / perspective, about her parent’s relationship, returning to Vietnam for the first time, and finding healing, identity, and forgiveness.  (Website)

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Burning incense while reflecting on all lives that were lost during the war in Vietnam at the first official Vietnam Era Veteran’s Day Educational Event organized and hosted by TSIO.ORG.

Vietnam Veterans meeting Amerasians in Vietnam for first time

Vietnam trip with two Vietnam Veterans- January 2010

Arriving at the restaurant to meet fellow Amerasians:

I was so overwhelmed. I looked at all of them and felt very honored to meet them, little did they know.

We started with introductions and I told them~ I am here because I never want to forget where I came from and I am a proud Amerasian. I also told them they were my brothers and sisters.

You can see the American features in their faces. That was the overwhelming part. With me, I am always mistaken for someone from the Middle East. With them however, it was very clear they were part American.

I was so proud of the Vietnam Veterans who were with me for wanting to meet with them. They were worried they would not be liked and wasn’t sure they wanted it known they were Veterans. I told them with my experience it would probably be the opposite. They would be happy to know that they were veterans who took time to come and meet them. I was correct.

They hugged the veterans and were so happy to have the interaction with them. To all Vietnam Veteran who have been writing to me about this, I thank you. I thank you for not forgetting and caring about us.