3 Headed Dog 3 Headed Dog, photo by Christopher Gemora
It's been more than a week since Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines, and the bad news hasn't let up. Thousands are confirmed dead; millions are homeless, and countless lives have been forever changed.
It's been difficult to get aid to the area, where most of the infrastructure such as airports and roads have also been destroyed, but it's not for lack of trying; aid agencies from around the world have donated in cash and kind to the survivors of the typhoon. (NBC News broke it down by the numbers, quoting Weather Channel lead meteorologist Michael Palmer as saying,"It is the most powerful storm ever to make landfall. ... It is as strong a typhoon as you can get, basically.")
Southern California has one of the biggest Filipino-American communities outside of the Philippines, so for Filipinos and Filipino-Americans like me, it's been a harrowing week. Emotions from helplessness to fear and anger are inescapable even for people (like me) don't know anyone who personally perished in this disaster. And while we're all doing what we can to raise awareness and money for the victims of the super typhoon; this is just the beginning of the help we need to give. Four artists -- musicians, a standup comic and a director -- talk about the fundraisers they organized, and why.More »