How Asians Cope With Misery and Tragedy

By N Mark Castro

Heroes are made during times of crisis, but Asia’s spirit confront tragedy with humor, as proven by these pictures that appeared all over the internet that, no, despite deaths, calamities, and losses, Asians seem to have a common denominator with their coping mechanisms.

Thailand

Click below for the real cause of Thailand’s flood

And

funny-Thailand-flood-statue-horses

The World Bank has estimated 1,425 billion baht (US$ 45.7 Bn) in economic damages and losses due to flooding, as of 1 December 2011.

MALAYSIA

And

It was reported that  the flood disaster were considered as the costliest flood in Malaysian history, with the total cost of RM 1.5 billion, with four people said to have drowned and some 50,000 were forced to evacuate their homes as floodwaters rose in Malaysia.

Singapore

And

Singapore model takes a dip in her kitchen
WHEN life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
That’s exactly what Fly Entertainment artiste Rebecca Tan did when she woke up yesterday morning to find parts of her terrace house in Joo Chiat submerged in water.
She changed into her printed bikini, threw on some shades and “swam” in the 50cm-deep pool in her kitchen.
Later, she posted a photo of herself having fun in the flood waters on her Twitter page with the cheeky caption: “Thought I would go for an early morning swim in the kitchen! Shame there’s no sun to get a tan as well!!”

And

And according to AsiaOne Business: The dollars and cents of damages caused by the three floods in June and July have been unveiled: Estimates from the General Insurance Association (GIA) of Singapore show that the latest flooding on July 17 cost insurers here $12.5 million, making up the bulk of the $22.9 million bill chalked up for the three floods.

Indonesia

And

Photo: Tweet of the Year. Another dumb social media planner who ought to be fired together with SBY's Communications Adviser.

And

And who can resist a free swim?

While this waroeng remains open for business

Warga bersantai di warung meskipun banjir menggenangi tempa tersebut di Jalan Jatinegara Barat, Jakarta Timur (Citizens relax in a stall despite the floods inundated wrought in Jatinegara Road West

Over 6,000 have been displaced so far and no accounting as yet of the financial cost in today’s flooding in Jakarta.

PHILIPPINES

Because even with the tragedy, Filipinos find a way to have fun, to make light and sense over such a dire situation.

Because if the West has this …

Then the Philippines has this …

Visited several times annually by torrential rains, the Filipinos and, clearly, its neighboring ASEAN brothers and sisters, have found ways to cope over such tragedy.

It isn’t a question of making fun over the tragedy of others, but rather a coping mechanism in human nature to make sense of something beyond one’s control because according to current statistics of the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) of the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), in 2011 floods and storms cost the Philippines US$730 million, affected 11.6 million people and claimed 1,904 lives. The same two natural hazards cost the Asia-Pacific region US$63.7 billion in 2011, caused 5,910 deaths, and affected 167 million people. US$40 billion of those losses were borne by Thailand.

So think well over the plight of others before you speak and, above all, be safe … that’s what it means to be integrated by the year 2015.

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on January 17, 2013, in Gallery, General, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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