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Monday, November 11, 2013
Thoughts on Veteran's Day and Refugees
It's veterans day. I've spent the last couple days in part dealing with the latest problem of a war survivor, not a veteran but a refugee. He was only 16 when he got word at his African boarding school that this entire family had been killed in ethnic strife and, therefore, it was his job to leave school, come home, and bury them. Which he did, save for one female family member who was not killed and never accounted for and whose disappearance at the hands of an angry, hate-filled mob has never been documented or explained. Then came four years of wandering while the guy tried to figure out where to go next and where he could find a job and be safe. Someone suggested the USA, our state department approved, and he's here now, with only a small part of the services he should have. (Yup, you know you're in deep shit when you've got a life changing problem and you're first thought is "let's call Pete Huston, semi-employed jack-of-all-trades whever he is.") Quite frankly some of these problems of his are self inflicted, but there's a lot of brains, talents, and experiences there athat are worth salvaging and that can be shaped into something that will make the world and society a better place, if the scattered damaged pieces can be brought together. They guy needs better services than he's getting. War does that to teenagers and other living things. Anyway, hello boys and girls, it's veterans day. Please remember violence and exposure to violence changes people. Violence changes societies. My own exposure to violence, more than most Americans, yet less than a hell of a lot of people, has changed me. If we, as a society or nation, are going to ask our people, young and middle aged both, to go out and kill and fight and wander, work, and explore war zones. we've got a duty and a moral obligation to put the things they need in place in order to integrate them back into our society after they go through these things. Please use this veteran's day to give some thought as to what it is that we ask our veterans to do or be prepared to do for our nation and what it really is that they will need when these things we ask them to do are done and we wish them to come home and live among us in peace again.
SUGGESTED SEARCHES FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR CONCRETE ADVICE ON HELPING REFUGEES
1. FURNITURE(tips on running a refugee center furniture collection program.)
2. DRIVING (tips on teaching driving to refugees)
3. HIGHER EDUCATION (tips on assisting refugees with higher education.)
4. BURMESE NAMES (a long article on Burmese and Karen names.)
I tend to write several entries on a subject and although admittedly they are of variable quality by following the topic keys then one should get a fairly complete view of what I think on the issue. There's a lot of good information buried here particularly on some obscure subjects related to assisting newly arrived refugees, particularly from Burma. These subjects include furniture donation issues, driver education and even domestic violence. If these issues interest you, follow the internal links, do searches, there's a lot here and I've found that often people search on a subject using google, I've written an answer, but the search engines sent them to some other entry where I discussed only a small part of the issue. So if a subject that interests you has a truly mediocre entry there is probably a good one hidden away as well on different aspects of the same subject You can't get a full picture on the issues covered in this blog by reading just one entry. it wasn't written that way. If you still don't see what you want, feel free to drop me an e-mail. Thank you.
Journalist, educator, and low level Asian history scholar who dabbles in fiction. Peter Huston is the author of several books, including Scams from the Great Beyond, Tong, Gangs, and Triads,, and the novel, Excess Emotional Baggage.
Interests include :
1) Internatinal Education and Teaching English as a Second or other Language,
2)refugee concerns and refugee resettlement,
3)self defense and martial arts,
4) Asian culture and history,
5) censorship controversies
6) the skeptical examination of paranormal and pseudo-scientific claims.
Education includes a master's degree in East Asian Studies from Cornell and a second master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University at Albany, party of the New York State SUNY system.
I am not the sailing guy, sports betting guy or the attorney guy. These people who use the name Peter Huston are, presumably, impostors. I am the real