As the world suffered through the Covid-19 crisis, so many of my friends in Burma, Thailand and India suffered even more than we did here in the United States. I was moved by the plight of old friends, particularly in India which was so hard hit.
A tuk-tuk driver in Jodhpur whom I had known for ten years and who had been my friend and guide had worked hard for so many years to make a better life for his family and he was succeeding well….until he lost everything. When he was on the verge of losing his home, I asked my friends and customers to assist me in providing aid. They stepped up and I was able to collect over $1200. Together, we were able to save his home. Furthermore, with leftover funds, I was able to help procure food for three close friends who were helping to feed the poor and sick in Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi.
An inveterate traveler, I have spent a great deal of time searching for new arts and artisans, mostly in Asia. I am drawn to Asia thanks to my 25-year tenure living in Japan. During that period I traveled extensively and often in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the US, I formed Arts of Asia in order to share the qualities I admire in Asia with my friends and customers in the US. To support this mission, I continue to spend 4 months a year abroad. The search is never ending!