On the Road to Mandalay

On the Road to Mandalay
 by Rudyard Kipling
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ eastward to the sea,
There’s a Burma girl a-settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me;
For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:
“Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!”
Come you back to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay:
Can’t you ‘ear their paddles chunkin’ from Rangoon to Mandalay?
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin’-fishes play,
An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!

Lasr wednesday at the Union City Library Dr. David Buchanan, a deocent from the San Francisco Asian Art Art Museum, started his talk about Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, 1775-1950 with a  poem from Rudyard Kipling . There was an emotional talk as he himself  lived in south east Asia as a doctor in the US Army. In 1966 he moved back to State and started working for the Kaiser in Hayward. His knowledge of the art of south east Asis was deep and very personal.
He made the talk very personal as he was presenting the  historical, cultural and artistic background of the objects.
He invited every one to come and enjoy this exhibition as starts on October  23. “Just take a Bart  at Civic Center station take the Hyde street exit and the Asian Art Museum is about one block away”, he said. “To create this exhibition , a group have been working for ten years to restore the work”, he added.


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