As reported on WSO, a fund raiser using the vehicle of origami cranes is being planned through the AASiA board with the proceeds going to the Red Cross.

Student Andrew Chen says:

What does this have to do with paper cranes you ask? Folding origami cranes for others has long been a tradition of extending goodwill and heartfelt wishes in Japan. We thought we could take this a step further.

Perhaps the readers of Ephblog can find a way to participate. Details as they develop!

Dean Sarah Bolton in a <a href="“>message to the campus includes these two activities:

A colloquium titled “Earthquake in Japan: Reactions, Reflection, and Response” is planned for Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in Griffin 3. Moderated by Professor Magnus Bernhardsson, the discussion will include Professors Eiko Maruko Siniawer, Reiko Yamada, and Kasumi Yamamoto, along with Visiting Professor Kenneth Osgood, who was in Tokyo when the earthquake hit. Efforts are being made to possibly Skype with a recent alumnus in Japan.

That evening at 8 p.m. a gathering of prayerful solidarity for all who have suffered the effects of the earthquake and tsunami—with music and readings from many traditions—will take place in Thompson Chapel. All are welcome: students, faculty, staff, and members of the wider community.

Visiting Professor Ken Osgood referred to in Dean Bolton’s note is an associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University, a school serving the Southeast coast of Florida with campi in seven communities.

As reported in the SE Florida Sun Sentinal

“Ken Osgood and his wife Rachel were on a bullet train to Tokyo when Friday’s quake struck. He had been invited to give an academic talk at Tokyo, which he had done earlier in the week. The Osgoods made the trip a vacation and were winding down Friday.”

The story contains descriptions of the family getting out of the train, spending the night in the lobby of a Tokyo hotel, and getting to the airport and on a plane home the next day.

The last few paragraphs contain the humanity it is so necessary to find in the face of these tragedies:

“Many people helped along the way. So many kind Japanese stopped to see if we, the foreigners, were OK. Many offered help or gave us food or water. Many helped translate. Many gave directions. Many expressed concern for our well being. I still can’t believe the incredible kindness of strangers, the remarkable calmness and friendliness of the Japanese.

“We feel so fortunate to be home, and we hugged our kids to the point of tears when we arrived in Albany. We are still shaken by the stress of it all. We send many prayers to our Japanese friends, and we send even more thanks to the many of our friends here who prayed for us too.

“Today we went to church, and the closing hymn had the chorus: “Bring us home.” Amen to that.”

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