Professor of TESOL and American Cultural Studies
Department of Information Culture
Niigata University of International and Information Studies
This talk features a complex and disturbing incident that took place near the end of the Second World War in Japan, where an American B29 bomber was shot down over the city of Niigata. The crew parachuted into farming communities already enraged by America’s strategy of firebombing Japan’s major urban centres. From interviews and other documents, the memories of those on both sides of this incident will be considered, together with a study of how memories change over time. Stories of hope and new possibilities will also be shared.