Today is the Memorial Day in the US to remember the men and women who died in wars. With wars we all lose regardless which side we were in. This picture was taken in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, USA. There are over 58,261 names listed on the Memorial to remember the men and women who either died or missing during the Vietnam war. The memorial was designed by a second generation Chinese American Maya Ying LIn.
it was a thursday evening. the opera house was packed. the divine perfroming arts production consists primarily of vocal music and dance. “inspiration from traditional chinese culture and seeks to further this heritage” was its mission and slogan.
it didn’t take long to realize the production was more than music and dance. it was also promoting falun gong (法輪功). i sure have heard about falun gong before but didn’t really understand what it is or care enough to find out. is it a “spiritual discipline” or is it a “highly organized political group” as declared and thus banned by the chinese government?
while the dance was okay, i paid to be entertained instead of listening to religion or political messages. can i have my money back?
i was told i may not fully understand or appreciate the movie Cape No. 7 (海角七號) because it is very “taiwan”. although i have never been to taiwan before, taiwan is hardly “foreign” to me.
the movie turns out to be a pleasant pleasant surprise. the story warms your heart and the music is beautiful. some may feel the elements of “japan” in the movie seem to be overwhelming or even unnecessary. it sure did stir heated debates in youtube and in other forums. is the movie really banned in china? i am glad it is not and it will be starting on feb 14 – the valentine’s day. let’s enjoy the movie and the music for what it is.
an estimated crowd of over 400,000 kicked off the “we are one” concert in person on the grounds of the lincoln memorial with many more over the air. it was an official start of the historic three-day inauguration celebration. it was a cold and cloudy sunday afternoon but the hearts were warm. i was glad that i was there to witness a piece of the history.
the speeches were short and motivational by many celebrities. the music and artists line up were equally amazing with great patriotic tunes. obama, biden and all other speakers acknowledged that there are big challenges ahead of us not only in america but in rest of world. the messages were clear:
we are one
we are all in this together
we are not a collection of red states, blue states – we are the united states.
race, color, age, physical challenged, religion and sexual orientation don’t matter. discrimination is not only out. it is not right. it is not good for the human race.
one thing i like about netflix is its instant view option for watching videos, although limited selections, online without waiting for the videos to arrive via mail.
this afternoon i caught up with the documentary “shut up & sing“. it was centered on the political controversy statement that was made by natalie maines, lead singer of the country music group the dixie chicks, in reference to the invasion of iraq war during a concert in london 2003 that the band was “ashamed the president of the united states is from texas.” the dixie chicks sure did pay the price from intense criticism of many fellow americans for criticizing the nation’s head of state in foreign territory while the courntry was on the verge of war and offended its conservative audience base. its music were boycotted and banned by radio stations.
although the incident took place about five years ago, i didn’t paid much attention at that time. i didn’t really know who the dixie chicks were. politic was, and still is, not my interest. i do wonder whether the incident will be viewed or reacted differently if it took place today instead.
would it be interesting if the dixie chicks performs in one of the obama’s inauguration events in januray? i guess it wil be too political and even president obama would not want to touch.
good luck to both president obama and the dixie chicks.