Friday, March 18, 2011
Yet, another email update from my dear friend, Hana!!
Since the last email dated back on the 15th (3 days ago) from Hana, I haven't heard back from her. I assume she, her family, and her town has been deeply affected by the rolling blackout in Tokyo.
So, I just sent her a short email saying, please keep me updated if you have a chance to connect to the internet and electricity. Just let me know if you ok.
Along with worrying about Hana, my mom was telling me that people in Hong Kong and Macau have been scavenging salt from the shelves of supermarket and she has a hard time buying salt in HK. I told her that salt cannot prevent nor treat radiation, but nonetheless she paid a premium to buy packets of aftermarket salt back in in home.
HK is thousands of miles away from Japan and yet people are already panicking. People stock pile food. And the worse came along when someone spread the rumor that salt can "prevent and treat" radiation. And knowing how people blindly follow others in HK, people just went crazy and buy salt because of a silly rumor.
And looking back in the US when hurricane Katrina stroke. Hurricane victims didn't behave like the Japanese disaster victims, they simply went on riot to steal or flight for supplies, or just pull out a gun thinking violence will solve the problem. I really find the patience and the respect that Japanese disaster victims admirable. You see people helping each other in shelters, sharing what little ramen or hot meals or gas they have, looking around in rubbles to help elderly in need... and in areas away from the disaster stricken zones, you see people line up patiently in supermarkets and gas stations. And you will see office workers patiently waiting for trains to go home when transportation services had been delayed. This only happens in Japan.
And take a look at the "Fukushima Fifty." They volunteered to stay behind at the nuclear plant to try their final effort to advert the radiation accident at the nuclear plant. They sacrifice themselves to stop a potential disaster to the rest of the Japanese population. I found this move/thought extremely admirable!
If the disaster happen in the US or in China, things would have been totally different. At this moment when there isn't a confirmed radiation leak, people already panicked over salt and business owners take this as an opportunity to raise price on salt and get more profit!!
I mean, I am really ashamed of my own culture.
Enough said about humanity... now back to the main point of this post, Hana's email
This morning when I woke up, viola, her email is in my inbox!