- Courtesy of the artist and G. Gibson Gallery
- WHAT TO DO NOW? Diem Chau asks herself. She also raised relief money by auctioning her work after the tsunami in Japan.
My family lived in a refugee camp in Bataan during the late 1980's, this was on the coast near Manila. After the Vietnam/American War ended in 1975 two refugee camps were developed in the Philippines to take on the influx of refugees from war torn countries. Almost a million refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were processed through the Bataan and Palawan camps from the late 70's to the mid 90's. Although the rest of the world might have seen these camps as processing or holding facilities, they were our home. I was only a small child when we lived in the camps, but that experience has shaped who I am today. It was an amazing and, dare I say it, magical place. The people were warm and embracing. It is often people who have the least to give that gives the most. This is very true of the Philippines. It is not a country of wealth, but they welcomed refugees with open arms and great hospitality. Let's give back to the people of the Philippines in their time of need.