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May 22, 2012

Episode 65: Manhattan Subway, an indication of Humanity

Is Manhattan the most successfully integrated society on earth?
Ladies on the Subway
I took this hurried shot with my phone as the A train reached Columbus Circle yesterday.

New Yorkers are so accustomed to living side-by-side and face-to-face with people from such vastly different cultures, colors and beliefs that they stop noticing how successfully and peacefully they are doing it in comparison to other cities in other corners of the world.
We're not perfect, but we're heading in the right direction.
Tolerance, understanding and inclusion overshadow the segregation and fear that pervades most societies.
What do you think?

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May 10, 2012

Episode 64: Big Documentary plans, Vietnam in November

We're making a documentary in Vietnam in November:

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In April 1975, Vietnam's greatest artist, Le Thanh Nhon, gathered his family and escaped the war, on a leaky boat to Australia. 
Three months before his death in 2002, he wrote to his old artist friends sharing his wish that the statues he had sculpted during his life be taken out of private collections and be displayed for the enjoyment of all by the "Mist of the Perfume River", in the city of Hue, a place he loved, a place that loved him.

Every evening, at sunset, he and his artist friends had walked down to the Perfume River where they drank, talked about art, poetry and music and celebrated life. 

Le Thanh Nhon's vision was for his legacy of art to be available to the people of his country and its visitors.
This monumental and historical task has been thirty eight years in the making. 

Le Thanh Nhon's son Hung Le returns to Vietnam on the tenth anniversary of his father’s passing to view the statues and sit with his father’s old artists friends to talk, and find out how they accomplished this feat and to see the legacy his father has left behind in Vietnam and witness how his father and his art have been embraced by the ancient city of Hue, now a world heritage site.
Stand-up Comedian and author Hung Le, has an amazing story to tell about his father who is the most famous artist of Vietnam. 
His sculptures left behind in Vietnam have been recovered from private collections and are being displayed in public.

War refugee, Hung Le Comic returns as prodigal son to Vietnam for the festival surrounding the 10th anniversary of his father's death to join his father's old friends to talk about the legacy of an artist lost.

More to come!
Meanwhile, this is our protagonist, and an idea of what we can expect from him:

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May 3, 2012

Episode 63: Hanging out at the Airport, people watching

I've been on 7 trips so far this year. 

Lots of time spent in airports. It's so easy to just lapse into your computer and tune out. People act differently in airports, and it's interesting to pay attention for a while. We're a funny species:

Music by Hayden Chisholm

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