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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff seems to have made a wise decision.

Katherine to raise the children.

Katherine will raise the children.

On August 3rd, he appointed Katherine Jackson as the permanent guardian of her grandchildren Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11 and Prince Michael II, 7. Debbie Rowe was given visitation rights with her children, Prince Michael and Paris.

Katherine will be a stable, loving pillar in their lives. However, there is some debate whether it would be good or detrimental to the children to get to know their mother and adjust to the presence of Rowe in their lives, especially in the light that she has never shown any interest in them. And there is also the perception that she used them as a pawn to get money from Michael Jackson.

I believe, on balance, her participation in their lives would be better for the children. I say this because I have known situations, where after a bad divorce, one of the parents disappears from the child’s life or is prevented from seeing the child. When the child becomes a teenager, he or she would use the Internet to locate the parent.

Rowe gets visitation rights.

Rowe gets visitation rights.

It must be quite painful and sad to grow up wondering who your father or mother is, and why the person is not around in your life. And when the child finds the missing parent, there is the work of starting a new relationship with so much emotional baggage in the background.

That brings us to the youngest child, whose nickname is Blanket. The identity of his birth mother is unknown. Oh, there will be women coming out to claim to be his mother. But let’s hope Michael Jackson had kept some information about Blanket’s mother somewhere under lock and key.

When Blanket is older and is curious to know more about his mother, then he would be able to search for her, and complete this puzzle of his roots.

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Katherine Jackson, mother of the late king of pop Michael Jackson, and Ai-tsao, the protagonist in the Taiwanese film Artemisia may be from worlds apart. And yet they are not so dissimilar.

Last week, I watched the film Artemisia on Link TV. (Watch it online at http://www.linktv.org). It is the first fictional film by young Taiwanese director Chiang Hsiu-chiung. The story centers around motherhood and changing values among different generations.

Ai-tsao is a woman who is trapped in the middle of her family dynamics. On the one hand, she has to handle her aged mother who has stereotyped and difficult attitudes towards people, especially those who are different from her. And on the other hand, she has to deal with the sexuality and life choices of her young adult children which are very alien to her.


The film "Artemisia" highlights the hidden strength of motherhood.

Taiwanese opera star and actress Pan Li Li is superb in the role of Ai-tsao. She creates a sympathetic, subtle character without resorting to histrionics. On the whole, Artemisia is a also a movie that is not glossed up. It is an unhurried film with a realistic feel and is quite a pleasure to watch.

In an interview screened after the movie, Chiang explains why she chose the title “Artemisia”. She explains that artemisia is a medicinal herb common to Taiwan, and in Latin, the word also has a maternal meaning. “The herb is very much like most traditional mothers in Taiwan. Ordinary yet very potent,” she says.

This description reminded me of Katherine Jackson, Many close to the family says that she was a rock in Michael Jackson’s life. If you followed the alleged molestation trial against Michael in 2005, you would see her arriving every day. On some days, she walked slowly, probably due to some problems with her leg. But there she was: this quiet, stoic woman, to offer support to her son.

Michael’s famous lawyer at the trial, Mesereau, talked about this in a report in the Los Angeles Times on June 30: “She would tell him that the truth would prevail, that God would help him. She just kept him strong,” defense lawyer Thomas A. Mesereau Jr. recalled. “She never missed a single day of testimony, and it was a five-month trial.”

In the wake of the tragic passing of her son, she had quietly stepped in again and took care of her grandchildren and her son’s estate. A Superior Court judge appointed her special administrator of her son’s estate, and also granted her temporary custody of Michael’s three children.

There is a scene towards the end of the film where Ai-tsao displays this kind of quiet, primal courage. And as a character in the film describes it: she’s like a wolf with a samurai sword.

Katherine Jackson was the rock in Michael Jackson's life. Pic shows her at the 2005 trail with son Jermaine.

Katherine Jackson was the rock in Michael Jackson's life. Pic shows her at the 2005 trial with son Jermaine.

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