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Liberal Arts for Advanced Students II (a)

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Nuclear Crisis
Course Description:
The course will explore the atomic bomb experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and its significance, which is nothing short of an unprecedented change in human history. We will begin by examining the road to the Asian Pacific War with a focus on the racial aspect of the war. We will not neglect to study Japan’s brutality on the Asian continent. We will analyze the forces which culminated in the atomic bombings and discuss why America dropped them. Then, we will explore the power of the atomic bombs by evaluating their physical, medical, and social effects on these two cities and their residents. Our investigations of these issues will include reading survivors’ accounts of the agony and destruction of the atomic bombings, and the roles and purposes of the ABCC (The Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission). At the same time, we will explore the Lucky Dragon No.5 incident of 1954, where a group of tuna fishermen were exposed to fallout from a U.S. hydrogen bomb experiment. This course, furthermore, discusses the situation of Korean atomic bomb victims, whose voices have long been suppressed. We will also briefly discuss the American POWs who were recently discovered to be among the A-bomb victims. We will then touch upon the significance of the former President Obama’s speech in Hiroshima. By absorbing historical studies, eyewitness accounts, documentary films, photographs, poems and animation, we will attempt to comprehend the realities of what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Through this course, by recognizing the long-lasting impacts of the atomic bombs on human beings and society, we hope to understand anew their implications for the whole world at present; additionally, by addressing the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, we will examine the impact of environmental degradation and the crisis of human existence. Furthermore, though this class, I hope that students will understand the implications of the present nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Course Objective:
The primary objectives of this course are to strengthen students’ knowledge of the atomic bombings and to gain a greater understanding of them by critically examining diverse narratives. This class will provide students with an opportunity to consider not only how Hiroshima’s message can speak to the people who suffered under the brutal Japanese occupation in Asia, but also to contemplate the meaning and impact of the events in the contemporary world.
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08X0005A
FAS-XA4A05L3
Liberal Arts for Advanced Students II (a)
堀田 千里
S1
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駒場1号館 116教室
講義使用言語
英語
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1
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Class Schedule Week 1 (4/10): Introduction “ Spirit of Hiroshima” &. Obama’s Speech in Hiroshima. Week 2 (4/17): The Origins of the Asian Pacific War Week 3 (4/24): The Decision to Use the Bomb I & Hiroshima:Why the Bomb was Dropped?” ( documentary film). Week 4 (5/8): The Decision to Use the Bomb II Week 5 (5/15): The Power of the Atomic Bombs: The Physical, Medical and Social Effects of Atomic Bombings —- The Roles and Purposes of the ABCC Week 6 (5/22): Who are the Victims?: The Diversity of the Target —Korean Atomic bomb Victims — Lucky Dragon’s Incident Week 7 (5/29): “Hiroshima Mother’s Prayer” (documentary film) & The Legacy of Hiroshima and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Incident  • Since this syllabus is worked out in advance as a guide to the course, I reserve the right to modify it if it is necessary. Should a change be made, an announcement will be given in advance.       # A List of readings will be provided on the first day of class.
授業の方法
Course Requirements: The format of the course will be short lectures followed by discussions and presentations. Students will be expected to read all the assigned articles and books thoroughly before class, and prepare questions for class discussions. Final Paper Students should write a 4-5 page paper based on themes relevant to this course. Before starting to write the paper, you must submit a brief synopsis. The final paper is due on May 29. Discussion Questions During class discussions, all students are required to ask one question about the assigned readings (articles, chapters). Reflection Essay Students should write a one-page reflection paper: How has your view of Hiroshima changed (or remained unchanged) after taking this course? The reflection essay is due on May 29.
成績評価方法
Evaluation: Class participation: 25% Discussion questions: 15% Paper synopsis: 5% Final paper: 45% Reflection essay: 10% The class participation grade will be based on students’ preparation for and contributions to class discussion.
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参考書
Course Materials Dower John. Japan in War and Peace: Selected Essays. New York: The New Press, 1993 (selections). Hogan Michael J. (ed.). Hiroshima in History and Memory. London and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996 (selections). Ienaga Saburo. The Pacific War, 1931-1945: A Critical Perspective on Japan’s Role in World War 11. New York: Pantheon, 1978 (selections). Intondi Vincent. African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism and the Black Freedom Movement. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015 (introduction & chapter 1). “Japanese Interment Camp,” http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/japanese-american-relocation. Jacob Robert. On Forgetting Fukushima. Japan Focus 14(2016). Lifton J.Robert and Michael Greg (eds). Hiroshima in America: A Half Century of Denial. New York: Avon Press, 1995 (selections). Takaki Ronald. Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb. Boston and New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1995 (selections). The Committee for the Compilation of Materials on Damage Caused by the Atomic Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Impact of the A-Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945-85 (selections). Selden Kyoko and Selden Mark (eds.). The Atomic Bomb: Voices from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. London: M.E. Sharp, Inc., 1989(selections). Smethurst Richard J. “Japan, The United States, and the Road to World War II in the Pacific.” The Asian Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 37 (2012). Toyonaga Keisaburo. “Colonialism and Atomic Bombs: About Survivors of Hiroshima Living in Korea,” trans. Eric Cazdyn and Lisa Yoneyama. In Perilous Memories: The Asian Pacific War(s), Duke University Press, pp. 378-409. Weiner, Micheal. “ The Representation of Absence and the Absence of Representation: Korean Victims of the Atomic Bomb,” Ed. Michael Weiner. In Japan’s Minorities: The Illusion of Homogeneity, pp. 79- 107. Films ABC Special: Hiroshima: Why the Bomb was Dropped. Narr. Peter Jennings. 1996. Ogasawara Moto. Hiroshima Mother’s Prayer: A-Bomb Documentary Film, 1990. Song: “Spirits of Hiroshima” composed and sang by Dr. Ric Wilson.
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