2016 / First Dialouge of People: Bangladeshi and Japanese, July 29

“Little Bangladesh” sign is placed by the City of Los Angeles at the corner of Third Street and Alexandria Ave in the Koreatown, Los Angeles. (Cultural News Photo)

“Little Bangladesh” sign is placed by the City of Los Angeles at the corner of Third Street and Alexandria Ave in the Koreatown, Los Angeles. (Cultural News Photo)

Time is changed to 6:00PM

Cultural News and Global Attorney Service present “Fist Dialogue of People: Bangladeshi and Japanese” on Friday, July 29 at 6:00PM at Bangladesh Academy, 4203 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020. Admission free. The space is limited.

 

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By Shige Higashi, Editor and Publisher

Cultural News

Purposes of the terrorist attacks are to spread fears against religions and cultures which you do not know and to deepen ignorance about other religions and cultures.

On July 2 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the worst terrorist attack since 2005 in the country caused the casualties of nine Italians, seven Japanese, four Bangladeshi, one Indian, and one naturalized U.S. citizen of Bangladesh origin.

When I heard the breaking news of the Dhaka attack on July 2, I left strongly the need to meet Bangladesh people in Los Angeles.

One of the advantages of living in Los Angeles is to meet people from all over the world.  But when the San Bernardino terrorist attack was occurred in December 2015, I realized that I did not have any friend with the Islam religion.

In a corner in the Koreatown, Downtown Los Angeles, where I live for more than 15 years, an official sign of “Little Bangladesh” suddenly appeared a few years ago, and it is not unusual for me to see women who wear Hijab scarf in my neighborhood.

Counter terrorism activities for ordinary people are not fighting back with weapons but to make friends from unknown religious and cultural groups.

In the afternoon of Saturday, July 2, I visited a Bangladeshi grocery store on 3rd Street, and I met a right person at a right time. A man in the store told me he used to live in Japan for eight years and has a brother who marries with Japanese woman in Tokyo.

He took me to the next door of the grocery store. It was the Global Attorney Services which provides not only para-legal services but also information what immigrants from Bangladesh need.

Mr. Zahid Hossain, consultant of the services, immediately agreed my proposal of offering a memorial event for the victims of the Dhaka attack, and set the date for the preparation meeting at his office on Sunday, July 10 at 7:00 pm.

Anyone who are interested in building friendships between Japan and Bangladesh are welcome to the meeting. For inquiries, contact Shige Higashi at (213) 819-4100 or email higashi@culturalnews.com

Meeting for preparing the memorial event for the victims of the Dhaka terrorist attack

Monday, July 11, 2016, at 7;30PM

Global Attorney Services

4203 West 3rd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90020

(213) 804-0523

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