June 18, 2007

Friends Around the World Eulogize Topong Kulkanchit

In Malaysia Peter Tan posts on Topong's life while from her home in New York Brazilian activist Takeo Ogura writes for the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) .

Peter reflects:

I thought to myself, “Here is a very brave man who is doing great things, not only for his peers with disabilities but also for his nation.”

Therefore, there was a great reluctance in my heart to accept that this great person has left us so soon and so suddenly. There is still so much that he can do to contribute to the disability movement in Thailand and the Asia-Pacific. There is still so much that we can learn from him. He was a free spirit and very charismatic. He never let his disability stop him from living life to the fullest. His demise has left a gaping void in the disability movement that will be difficult to fill.

Full article:

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Regional Secretariat in Asia/Pacific (RSA/P) is in great mourning over the sudden loss of one of the greatest leaders of the disability movement in our ESCAP Region, Mr. Topong Kulkhanchit. On behalf of the entire Deaf community in the ESCAP Region, I extend my deepest condolences to his family and to the organizations with which he was concerned. We share this great sadness with you. Topong had a great understanding of the needs of the Deaf, and was a constant friend and advisor for the National Association of the Deaf in Thailand. We will strive to carry on the fight for full participation and equality to which Topong dedicated his life.

Takeo Ogura

Posted by rollingrains at June 18, 2007 01:32 AM