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
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Dreams Become Real by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Interview a family member about something (an event, a relationship, an experience) in their background or in your family history that had a profound impact on their life, something you were always curious about. Shoot the interview and then choose one of the following:
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