Blog Archives: November 2015

War and Love Letters from Dr Adele Kubein to the Afghan Peace Volunteers

Dr Adele Kubein works at Oregon State University in Corvallis, USA and in the letters below over the past three years, she becomes vulnerable with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, expressing her love with tears.   Dr Adele Kubein, in the terminal stages of lung cancer, wearing the Borderfree Blue Scarf, with #Enough! and peace written on her palm. From the Afghan Peace Volunteers, “Thank you, Dr Adele!”   Letter on 11th October, 2012 I hope others are listening. It is so hard for Americans to care in the midst of such plenty. Many of us think of you and cry for you, but not only tears we shed, we cry out for you as well. Letter on 1st May, 2013 As always, I cry when I see the faces of the youth around you. I have written you before. I am the mother of a woman-soldier who was […]

Boat chase on the seas of Okinawa

Boat chase on the seas of Okinawa The blue seas of Okinawa I picked some sea shells at Henoko in Okinawa. Henoko is where the U.S. is relocating their military base against the wishes of 76.1% of Okinawans. I gave the sea shells as gifts to some of the Afghan Peace Volunteers to help them remember Okinawa’s story. The sea shells “Hold the sea shells just next to your ears. It is said that you can hear the waves and the stories from the shores of Okinawa,” I began, as I recounted my witness of the nonviolent efforts of ordinary Japanese to end the more than 70 years of U.S. military bases in their midst, including of Ohata being hurt by the Japanese police when he had locked arms with other Japanese in a peaceful sit-in protest at the gates of Henoko base. The waves, the stories Kitsu, an elder […]

Getting to the roots of my grandfather’s killing, a walk through Okinawa

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Ohata hurt by Okinawan police at people’s sit in protest My paternal grandfather, a Chinese from Hainan of China, was killed in the Sook Ching ( meaning “purge through cleansing”) Massacre, sometime between 18 February and 4 March 1942. The massacre was described as a systematic extermination of perceived hostile Chinese in Singapore by the Japanese military during their occupation of the ex-British colony of Singapore. So when I was going to Okinawa, Japan, I felt emotions I hadn’t had before. The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, had just presided over the passing of a Security Bill that once again makes it possible for the Japanese Defense Forces to wage war overseas, defying Article 9 of the Japanese Pacifist Constitution I thought to myself, “In the decades to come, will the Japanese Defense Forces kill ethnic Chinese again?” If they do, it will ironically be in collaboration with their World […]