Snag

I’m a little torn. I may have to cover an Agent Orange event at the Rotary Club of Oakland on Thursday, and I would really love to attend the Asian Art Museum’s MATCHA: Sacred Offerings at 5 p.m. Their newest exhibit on Bali starts this week:

Temple dances involve refined, stylized motions of daily life as a gift to visiting deities during festivals. Enchanting music, splendid costumes, and exquisite movements are pleasurable to both divine guests and village audiences. Celebrate the opening of Bali with an auspicious performance of dance and music by ensemble Gadung Kasturi.

I encourage everyone to attend either event.

At the Rotary Club, Charles Bailey, Director of the Special Initiative on Agent Orange/Dioxin at the Ford Foundation (and all around nice guy), will address the lingering issues surrounding Agent Orange and dioxin, including what has been done about it and what still needs to be done. Before working with the Renaissance Journalism Center, most of what I knew about the Vietnam War came from movies and little blurbs in incredibly dry textbooks. Now through one of our initiatives, the Vietnam Reporting Project, I can put names and faces to the victims, those still living with the ravaging effects of dioxin.

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What a “terrible” life I’m living, while people younger than me in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Bahrain fight for these freedoms I enjoy. These 17-, 18-year-olds possess more moxie than I ever will.

I’ve been reading more of the news lately, partly due to my job, and while yes, much of it is depressing and horrifying or trivial, so much of it is also rousing. Even here in the United States, with what’s happening with Planned Parenthood and in Wisconsin. So many people out there care for more than their personal well-being; they’re fighting for the welfare of all.

Troubles abroad, troubles at home. I’m never certain of what form my support should take, especially since I can’t force people into action, but at the very least I should increase awareness among my meager circle of influence in any way I can. Then it’s up to you.

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