THE LEGACY OF DEAD RELATIVES
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Every once in awhile, I read a headline which makes me wonder why the story was written in the first place. It hasn’t happened in several years but it did today, Monday, 10 July. Here it is.
Comfort women date back to the Japanese occupation of Korea during the Second World War. Attractive females were forced into sexual slavery and used to “comfort” members of the Japanese military. Their existence is hardly a secret and has been covered in the media before.
It also happened almost a century ago and both nations have changed. Its leaders and most of its citizens weren’t even alive when this chapter of history was written. I had a Native American housemate who hated white people because of what happened at places like Sand Creek and the Trail of Tears. Excuse me? My ancestors weren’t even in this country back then.
Can someone tell me then, the point in resurrecting historical events which risk fueling the fires of contemporary bigotry and prejudicial national policy? Do we punish a nation and its people for what their dead relatives did in order to remind ourselves not to do it again? That trip is totally unnecessary in my house. Hopefully it is in yours too.
And on that note, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.
FROM THE ODESSA FILM FESTIVAL
Hello, Rusty, from the shores of the Black Sea:
This weekend in Odessa marks the start of it Eighth International Film Festival. The nice part of actually being here as opposed to seeing it on television is watching one of the participants movies open air at Potemkin Steppes.
During next week, 12 films from China, Ukraine, Serbia, Austria, Lithuania, Israel, Estonia, France, Brazil, Georgia, Belgium and Spain will be presented to compete for the “Golden Duke”. The award is named after the famous 19th Century Odessa governor, Duke de Richelieu, under whose wise rule Odessa flourished as a port, international and cultural center.
Founded in 2010, Odessa Film Festival is now one of the prominent events in Eastern Europe. This nine-day festival continues to promote the city as a creative and multicultural gathering place for the interested artistic public.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Be good and have a great week.
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
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