Friday, February 12, 2016

Turning Our Dreams To Shame RIP Asami Nagayika‬ u walked our mile and a half

Call it cultural illiteracy, because beyond the gender insensitivity that has engendered the storm over the murder of Japanese Steelpannist at the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2016, we have been ripping our hearts out to teach, to spark some knowledge so others may understand the meaning and place of culture, in national development, and in not just the soft spots of dance and jump up and make people feel nice in bikini and beads, but as an economic earner, in cultural diplomacy, in cultural politics, in sustainable development, in our place in the world and for cultural understanding -  walking the mile and a half (listen to Asami playing one of Trinidad and Tobago's classical folk pieces...
 AsamiNagayika‬ is just another one in a graveyard of cultural icons sacrificed on the alter of ignorance to narrow and myopic interests, turning our dreams to shame. RIP ‪#‎AsamiNagayika‬  For love of‪#‎TrinidadandTobago‬ and ‪#‎Steelpan‬ Just another day in our paradise in pain.
Japan understands cultural diplomacy and cultural economics ‪#‎Japan‬ was the first country to invite me in, and open my life up to other journeys ‪#‎LenBoogsieSharpe‬ may remember the spark of cultural connection that inspires three decades hence. The‪#‎JapaneseGovernment‬ also sponsored our ‪#‎UNESCO‬ workshops for strengthening Trinidad and Tobago's and the ‪#‎Caribbean‬'s ‪#‎CulturalHeritage‬ see my photo albums though they were heavily resisted by like forces of ignorance. So we reap the whirlwind. 
My heart goes out to your family and country of Asami. You are not the first. Would you be the last? 
I am sharing one of your love notes of my country here, with some of my own. Perhaps when we would compare our love notes in the other place. Let my people awake! 
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Coming Up: In War and Peace From Hiroshima to Home: My 30 year journey through the landscapes of global cultural diplomacy  
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