Asia 1972-73


After the South Pacific and Japan, my travels visiting Bahá’í communities in 1972-73 took me across Asia.

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Korea  Taiwan  Hong Kong  Philippines  Singapore  Malaysia  Vietnam  Laos 
Burma  Bangladesh  Nepal  India  Afghanistan  Iran

Japan 15-22 December 1972

Friends gathered at the Tokyo Bahá’í Center and at the home of the Katirais in Nishinomiya, near Osaka (including portraits of Foad Katirai, Philip Marangella, and Auxiliary Board Member Toni Mantel).

Music from that gathering:

S. Korea 22-29 December 1972

A Bahá’í teaching institute in a grammar school in Bahá’í teaching institute in a grammar school in GoKyong Myun, Yeongcheon Gun, KyongSang BukDo (north) with Counselor Mr. John McHenry III, Auxiliary Board Members Mr. Hwang Jin Seon and Mr. See ChulMin, and Miss Kim Han-Ju; a teaching trip to the nearby village of CheongJung Ri, GoKyong Myun, Yeongcheon Gun, KyongSang BukDo (north) with Mr. Suh, Miss Kim, Mr. Cho and Mr. Cha; and Counselor McHenry with friends at a meeting of Regional and Area Teaching Committees in Kyong-Ju.

Taiwan 29 December 1972 – 5 January 1973

Visits to Kaohsiung and Tainan, traveling with Phil Marangella and Auxiliary Board Member Toni Mantel.

Hong Kong 5-9 January 1973

A meeting at the Bahá’í Center, and outreach in Victoria Park earlier that day.

Songs by David Mockon, a pioneer in Macau from the Philippines:

Philippines 9-19 January 1973

On the southern island of Mindanao, a visit to Davao City, the village of Magkaalam near Kidapawan, and the Bahá’í institute in Kidapawan; the National Bahá’í Center in Manila; and a Bahá’í wedding in Los Baños.

Singapore 21-27 January 1973

Dedication of the new Bahá’í Center with Hand of the Cause Collis Featherstone; and the grave of Dr. Hodadad Fozdar.

Malaysia 27-30 January 1973

Penang, at the Bahá’í Center and talking with the youth.

Vietnam 30 January – 3 February 1973

Saigon Bahá’í Center and a meeting there.

Laos 7-9 February 1973

Vientiane, including the Bahá’í Center there, and the ferry at the border crossing with Thailand.

Burma (now Myanmar) 12-18 February 1973

Rangoon: National Bahá’í Center, Bahá’ís, and scenes of the city. The village of Daidanaw, known as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s village, with many Bahá’ís and the tomb on Siyyid Mustafa Rumi.

Unity prayer chanted in Burmese:

Bangladesh 21-23 February 1973

The National Bahá’í Center in Dacca, and Bahá’í friends gathered there.

Nepal 23 February – 1 March 1973

The National Bahá’í Center in Kathmandu and Bahá’ís gathered there; the baby of a pioneer taking a bath; Parvati; Bahá’ís and a friend in Kathmandu; Kathmandu street scenes; Nagarkot; and a view near Kathmandu.

India 18-21 February and 1-18 March 1973

Street scenes in Calcutta and a gathering at the Bahá’í Center; Pilani, Rajasthan; enroute Pilani to Jaipur; scenes of Jaipur and with Bahá’í friends there; Agra and the Taj Mahal; New Era School in Panchgani; Poona; and the National Bahá’í Center in Delhi.

A Bahá’í song in Urdu (sung byShahnaz Taheri):

I Can’t Sing Very Well (Dick Grover in Panchgani):

Afghanistan 18-20 March 1973

At the National Bahá’í Center in Kabul; Kabul street scenes; and at the temple property near Kabul.

Iran 20 March – 7 April 1973

Visits to Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz, including to the House in which Bahá’u’lláh was born in Tehran, the house of the King of Martyrs and Beloved of Martyrs in Isfahan, and the House of the Báb in Shiraz.