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In preparation for next year’s 75th anniversary of the World War II atomic bombings in Japan, I interviewed my grandfather, a 92 year old Japanese American “hibakusha”, about the day the bomb dropped in Hiroshima. At the time, he was a US citizen studying at the Hiroshima Engineering Technical College.

“Hibakusha” is the Japanese word that has come to describe the survivors of the atomic bombs. And though the term is today most commonly associated with Japanese people, it includes a diverse community of Japanese Americans, Koreans, American POWs, and other minorities who were living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki when the bombs exploded.

The "hibakusha" community is shrinking. And due to a lack of representation in mainstream media, oral histories of non-native Japanese “hibakusha” like my grandfather are particularly at risk of disappearing from history.


Directed by Jared Namba and Sazzy Gourley
Produced by Jared Namba and Sazzy Gourley
Edited by Jared Namba and Sazzy Gourley
Featuring Wataru Namba

Archival Footage:
Local Identifier: 434.565
National Archives Identifier: 88397
Catalog: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/88397

Dreams Become Real by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500027
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Note: Subtitles have been added for clarity.

Jared Namba
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jared Namba is a queer Asian-American interested in exploring the intersections of documentary film, journalism, and social justice. He graduated from Columbia University with a BA in East Asian Studies.

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