Public lecture video by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on April 12, 2017. The speakers were Robert Jacobs, Associate Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University and Mariko Nagai, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Creative Writing at Temple University, Japan Campus.
In the field of oral history, weaving of facts and mythologies has played an integral part of individual storyteller’s narrative. Especially when the oral history project revolves around trauma, the personal narratives often play against mainstream narratives, creating a tension and fragmentation within the overall narrative of the event. In this panel discussion, Professor Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute and Mariko Nagai, Director of Research and Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Creative Writing at Temple University Japan, talk about memories and mythologies of Hibakusha woven out by multi-generations of radiation exposed communities, both in Japan and abroad, with a special focus on the ongoing narrative of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.