Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Film: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom @ Dana-Farber in May

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will be screening The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom in May for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Attendees will be able to write messages on postcards that will be delivered to the Tsuboi Cancer Center Hospital in Kōriyama, Fukushima.

Date & Time
May 7, 8, 9, 16.
See flyer below for details. Click to enlarge.

Location & Parking
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Locations vary. Please see flyer.
The Longwood Campus Screenings are at 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston MA 02215. See map.

Please note that free parking will be available ONLY for the May 9th showing. You can enter the Yawkey Center Garage at 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston MA 02215 after 4pm.


Registration is requested. Please email DFCI_COC@dfci.harvard.edu. Don't forget to include the date of the showing you plan to attend.

Information About the Film
Japanese with English subtitles
Director & Producer: Lucy Walker

I saw the film in March at one of the Tsunami+Sandy+Deep Water Horizon events. It's beautifully shot and edited, although the content is heartbreaking. Bring tissues.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Life after 4/15

Cherry blossoms & flag at half-mast, Conway Park, Somerville

I've been mulling over a longer post for the past two weeks, but in the meantime, I thought I'd provide some links to articles and promote a few funds.

Nearly 300 people were injured or lost their lives a few weeks ago. Even though Massachusetts residents are required to have health insurance, not all do (some choose to pay the tax penalty instead) and not all the victims were MA residents. Experts are saying that medical costs could be over $9m.  I'm unclear if that includes things like retrofitting homes for those who are disabled. Even if you have insurance, it may only cover a basic model artificial limb, which might not be sophisticated enough for your activities. One of the funds I gave to wrote up a list of the costs that they're faced with.
"Secondly, we have received many requests about where this money is going and if $100,000 is really necessary for a family with health insurance. Please be assured that 100% of the money raised is going directly to the Whalley family (note their son, Rich Whalley, is the beneficiary). Regarding the amount, the reality is that there are a huge number of financial burdens that come from a situation like this, beyond immediate expenses. Both Eric and Ann have already received and still need a number of highly specialized surgeries and treatments which may not be covered by insurance or have very high deductibles. The physical therapy, home care, extended hospital stays, post-trauma psychiatric counseling, and medical device assistance that they will need as a result of this incident will likely last for several years to come. From the people we've spoken with in the medical community and others who have been subjected to similar tragedies, $100K is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to long term medical expenses. So the short answer is that while insurance might cover some of it, the family is absolutely going to need long term financial support." 
- Ann + Eric Whalley Recovery Fund, April 18 Update II
Many funds have popped up to raise money. Sadly, tragedies also bring out scammers. If you don't have a direct connection to a fund, try to research where your money is going and when in doubt, only give to funds that are clearly official or that are associated with an established non-profit. 

The One Fund - Boston's official fund for marathon bombing victims. Tax deductible

Help Marc Fucarile - Fund for someone I know. Private donation; not tax deductible.
If you prefer to make donations by cash or check, please make checks payable to: The Marc Fucarile Fund and mail to or drop off at:
   The Marc Fucarile Fund
   c/o Stoneham ME Federal Credit Union
   40 Pine Street
   Stoneham, MA 02180
Read about Marc and his friends: Five childhood friends from Stoneham drawn closer by their Marathon wounds. The Globe headline doesn't mention that there were 7 of them - they didn't include Paul's girlfriend, Jacqui, in the count and didn't mention Steve at all.

Ann + Eric Whalley Recovery Fund - Fund for injured parents of an MIT alum. Private donation; not tax deductible.

Mikey's Run - High school students who are future MIT students (Class of 2017) raising money to "help provide assistance and prosthesis to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Funds will go into the The Scott Rigsby Foundation, set aside specifically for this purpose." I just found their story really touching. Tax deductible.

MIT's 1994 police car hack festooned with origami cranes and origami and tissue paper flowers
in memory of Officer Sean Collier

MIT Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund - Tax deductible.
"Gifts to this fund will be used to establish a Collier Medal—to be awarded to individuals who demonstrate the values and character of Officer Collier—as well as other causes." 
   Per this page, if you prefer to donate by check, they can be mailed MIT at:
   Bonny Kellermann ‘72, Director of Memorial Gifts
   600 Memorial Drive, W98-500
   Cambridge, MA 02139
   Please include a note stating that your gift is in memory of Sean Collier.

Watch Sean's moving memorial service at MIT. Thousands of law enforcement officers from around the U.S. and Canada attended along with the MIT community.

Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund Sean Collier Memorial Fund - Tax deductible
"The Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund community is deeply saddened by the tragic events in Boston, and the loss of MIT Patrol Officer, Sean Collier. Sean displayed immense courage and a commitment to helping others, and we thank you for honoring his memory.
Inspired by the lifesaving work of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, Sean was a dedicated supporter of the Jimmy Fund since high school, setting up recurring gifts from his bank account." 
BU Lu Lingzi Scholarship Fund - Tax deductible.
"Lingzi was a beloved member of the BU community. An optimist with a powerful work ethic, she had just passed the first part of the master's comprehensive exam in statistics—an accomplishment that gave her great satisfaction. Along with her friends and family, we grieve at her passing. 
Boston University is determined to keep Lingzi's memory and example alive. Toward that end, and in conformance with the wishes of her family, the Trustees of the University have voted to establish the LU Lingzi Scholarship Fund." 
Read more about the fund. Read about and watch Lingzi's memorial service.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Today: Yume Wo Katare Closed; Ebi Sushi Open

Yume Wo Katare is closed today, but they plan to be open tomorrow at 5pm. The only places I saw open in Porter Square were Dunkin Donuts and Passage to India. Oh, and the liquor store.

Ebi Sushi in Union Square is open. They're a little short-staffed for a Friday, but a lot of people came for lunch so they decided to stay open for dinner.

Stay safe!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Film: Jiro Dreams of Sushi @ MIT

MIT's MISTI program is screening Jiro Dreams of Sushi for free on Tuesday! It's a fantastic 2011 documentary about Jiro Ono, sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a little sushi bar tucked away in the basement of a building attached to the Ginza Station. The film will be followed by a discussion with Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and Japanese Studies and Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University.

Date & Time
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
4:00 - 7:00 pm

MIT, Whitaker College
Building E25-111
45 Carleton St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Metered parking available on Ames & Amherst Streets.


Information About the Film
Japanese with English subtitles
Director: David Gelb

Be warned that you will desperately want sushi afterwards. I recommend Cafe Sushi in Harvard Square.