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SOLD OUT Memoirs of Sadako & Hiroshima: Personal Accounts of an A-Bomb Survivor

September 11, 2007
SOLD OUT Memoirs of Sadako & Hiroshima: Personal Accounts of an A-Bomb Survivor

Tuesday, September 11
6:30 pm

This program is sold out.

The stories of the childhood victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima represent one of the great humanitarian tragedies of the 20th century. In 1955, the plight of 12-year old Sadako Sasaki, as she attempted to fold 1,000 paper cranes while critically ill from the long-term effects of the bombing of Hiroshima, helped to rally much of Japan around the anti-nuclear movement. Her tale continues both to inspire and shape American and Japanese memories of the atomic bomb.
 
Masahiro Sasaki, Sadako’s older brother, shares his personal memories of his sister, as well as his experiences as a hibakusha, or atomic bomb victim. James Orr, Chair and Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Bucknell University, analyzes the deep and continuing historical significance of Sadako’s story and the genesis of the postwar anti-nuclear movement. Academy award winner Steven Okazaki, director of the HBO documentary White Light/Black Rain, discusses his filming of atomic bomb survivors.

Moderated by Sheldon Garon, Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University.

The audience will have a special opportunity to view the original paper cranes folded by Sadako in 1955. Followed by a reception.


Tickets: $10/$8 members, $5 seniors, students & school educators.

Related Japan Society Program for Families and Students:
OFF-SITE EVENT Sadako & One-Thousand Cranes: Play Reading & Performance by Theatre Arts Japan-KIDS

  • September 11, 2007
  • 6:30 pm