Stories of Hiroshima

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
5:15pm
Please join us for a screening and discussion exploring how Hiroshima survivors discover healing in the retelling of their stories and hope for peace. Guests: Masaya Nemoto, an ethnographic researcher from Hitotsubashi University studying atomic bomb survivors in Japan and the U.S.; and Kathy Sloane, photographer and producer of “Witness to Hiroshima,” a short film that captures a young soldier’s experience in Hiroshima through his vivid memories and watercolor paintings. Light refreshments served.
Directions: 
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 121
Sponsor: 
Dilena Takeyama Center for Japan and Japanese Culture
Contact: 
Prof. Jon Funabiki
Phone: 
415 338-3162

Continually haunted and scarred by the bombing and the devastation, Hiroshima survivors discover healing in the retelling of their stories and hope in their quest for peace. Hear from Masaya Nemoto, an ethnographic research scholar studying atomic bomb survivors living in Japan and the U.S.; and Kathy Sloane, photographer and producer of “Witness to Hiroshima,” a short documentary that captures a 17-year-old soldier’s experience in Hiroshima through his vivid memories and watercolor paintings.

Masaya Nemoto is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan (Ph.D., Hitotsubashi University, 2013). Since 2004, he has conducted ethnographic research on sufferings of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima, Japan, their memories of the catastrophe, and the way in which they have renegotiated with socially-constructed representations of Hiroshima and themselves. He has studied on A-bomb survivors living in the U.S. since 2010. He has received several fellowships and grants including Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (2009-2011).

Kathy Sloane began her professional life as a self-taught photographer in Keystone Korner Jazz Club in 1974, drawn to the music of improvisation, beauty and resistance that became a metaphor for her of the struggles of the 1960's in which she participated as a literature and writing teacher. Witness to Hiroshima, Sloane’s first film, focuses on the story of Keiji Tsuchiya of Japan, and it is an organic continuation of her work as a freelance still photographer. For 35 years she has committed herself to photographing the multicultural life of the Bay Area with the task of understanding and depicting the myriad ways various communities give meaning and value to all of our lives.

Join us for an engaging conversation with Masaya Nemoto and Kathy Sloane on documenting the stories of Hiroshima survivors in their continued struggle for healing and peace. Seating is limited. Reserve your space now!