Glutter's Hong Kong
I just got back to HK, and the first thing I have to do is take back what I said about Australians, making fun of them for being so "proud" of their country for the money they donated. The headline in today's SCMP is "Hong Kong Leads the World in Tsunami Relief," and instead of cringing, I had an unexpected reaction: which is to feel proud for my people and place.
Of course that's people per captia and not from my (surprise!) government. We've always been hugely generous donators of charity, but still HK is characterized as a place were only money counts. Well it still is, as this is still to do with the mighty dollar but it's where it's going that is important. I really do feel as one of the richest (are we second?) economy per capita in Asia, we do have the responsibility of helping out our neighbours, and I think the amount of USD$48,600,000 reflects others here do too.
Other people have different responses, much similar to mine when I wasn't home. Maybe it all has to do with whether you're included in the accolades.. I suppose each person's allegience brings pride or shame for good and bad.
(Oh, and I want to say.. as this thing grows "exponetially." It's not a competition, and lets not deviate from the fact, people really will die if we don't help, regardless if it's one cent or seven dollars. it all counts.)
Also, I suggested to Simon the organizer of the ABA (voting has closed), maybe we as Asian Bloggers should try and raise money as a collective, and he's enthusiastically, said he is interested. That’s really great, with him on board (and hopefully) others, we can raise even more money.
And here is my new charity of Choice. Please check out the Hong Kong based Cross Roads International. They are asking people to create relief packages, donate money and voleenteer.