National media group spotlights Dilena Takeyama Center project on the disaster in Fukushima

April 25, 2014
Photo of ruins in abandoned school outside of Fukushima.
An abandoned school along the coast of northeastern Japan shows the devastation caused by the 2011 tsunami.

The Dilena Takeyama Center's planned project about the lives of residents in Fukushima has been featured by the media organization Images & Voices of Hope as an example of ways to show how a community copes with post-disaster recovery issues.

Under the project, "After the Disaster: Rebuilding Lives and Communities in Fukushima," the center will lead a team of San Francisco State University students to Japan to meet with residents who were displaced by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster in 2011. The students will develop stories about the residents, using their personal experiences to examine a variety of recovery issues, such as trauma, the loss of homes and jobs and the need to point their lives toward the future.

The student trip will be conducted in the summer of 2014 and led by Prof. Jon Funabiki, the center's executive director, and Asst. Professor Sachi Cunningham of the Journalism Department.

Images and Voices of Hope reported that the project is an example of a genre to journalism that it calls "restorative narratives."

To view the IVOH story, click here.