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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#42- No Dream Beyond My Reach

Monday, I heard the sad news, a U.S. soldier in Iraq opened fire on fellow troops at a counseling center inside a U.S. base and killed five soldiers.

I have no idea about the nightmare of war or Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome…but I know how hard to lose family…

My friend, Keasha sent me an email last night and told me about the radio show in this morning. Keasha edited the biography book of Dr. Sopheap Ly and Dr.Ly was on KPBS radio 89.5 FM this morning.

When you go to KPBS Radio station web site (http://www.kpbs.org/news/these-days) then click on the subject “Local Doctor Survived Cambodia's Killing Fields” or click on here (http://www.kpbs.org/news/2009/may/13/local-doctor-survived-cambodias-killing-fields), you can listen to her interview.

Dr. Sopheap Ly and her family were caught up in the national nightmare that overtook Cambodia in the 1970s the takeover by the Communist Khmer Rouge. During the four years, it's estimated more than one and a half million Cambodians were killed included her father.

It was very touchy story, but we better to know or learn the truth of someone’s life like this and we have to say “No more war”!

Dr. Sopheap Ly is an Assistant Professor of Medicine UCSD Medical School/VA Healthcare System, San Diego. Her new book, “No Dream Beyond My Reach”, is due out later this month.

I am glad that Keasha introduced me to this radio show and this book and I would like to share this story with you all, my friends and my readers. More info, please see below (Keasha’s email.)

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Hi everyone,

Dr. Sopheap Ly, whose biography I recently edited, will be featured on KPBS radio 89.5 FM on Wednesday, May 13, from 10:00 am to 10:20 am (Pacific). You can use the link below to listen online on Wednesday (from that page, just click "Listen Now"):

http://www.kpbs.org/news/these-days

Dr. Ly's biography, No Dream Beyond My Reach, vividly chronicles how she survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia, escaped to the U.S., and graduated from Howard University's College of Medicine. Mother of twin girls born in 2008, Dr. Ly practices internal medicine in the Southern California, where she helps veterans live better lives.

Be sure to tune in Wednesday!

Best wishes,
Keasha

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Have a wonderful one to you all!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
May 13, 2009

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#144- To my people, Japanese people 米国より東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)被災者および日本の皆様へメッセージ / 海外セレブからのお見舞い&応援メッセージ -Pray for Japan(日本に祈りを捧げます)-

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東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)被災者および日本の皆様へ

このたびの東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)により被災されたすべての方々に心からお見舞い申し上げます。そして、犠牲になられた方々とご遺族の皆様に、深くお悔やみを申し上げます。

日本にいらっしゃる皆様、どうかご無事で、早く、安心出来る暮らし、笑顔が戻ってきますように、心からお祈り申し上げます。


*** 米国でも多くの人が心を痛めており、皆様のご無事を願っています

東北・関東地方で起った大震災に心を痛めながら、私は、「米国在住のライターの私に、日本の皆様のために出来ることをしたい」と、こちらで流れるテレビニュースの画面を見つめながら、ずっと考えていました。

そうしていましたら、本日(ロサンゼルス:3月18日/日本:3月19日)、仕事でお付き合いのある茨城県在住の女性(実際にお会いしたことはありません)から、「テレビでも、世界各国からの応援メッセージをもっと放送して欲しい」とメールをいただきました。

早速、私が報道の仕事で関わっている日本のテレビ局、ラジオ局の幹部、報道記者の方々へ、この女性のメッセージを届け、放送に関してのお願いメールを送信致しました。


*** 米国在住の私に出来ることを考えてみました

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