Maui Arts & Entertainment

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center to Host Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Event

July 10, 2018, 11:32 AM HST
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The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (NVMC) announced a showing of the documentary Lost Generation and talk by author Melinda Clarke in honor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Days. The event will takes place on Sat., Aug. 4, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Oceanview Maui Adult Day Care Center on the NVMC campus in Kahului.

Lost Generation contains footage taken by the U.S. Occupation Forces after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The enactment of the Freedom of Information Act in 1976 allowed for the movie footage and photographs to become available for purchase and in 1980 Messrs. Tsutomu

Iwakura and Kazumitsu Aihara formed the 10 Feet Movement. With the help of NHK and a civil campaign of citizens from all over Japan sending in 3,000YEN per person, the men purchased 100,000 feet of footage and photos that were later used in three different movies. Ms. Clarke was gifted those films while she was conducting interviews of A-bomb survivors in Japan in the early 1980s.

Melinda Clarke is an accidental activist who began marching to her own tune after the Three Mile Island incident in 1979. Having lived in Japan in 1964, she had a calling to move back in the 1980s and began recording the Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors’ stories. Her worldview shifted and it wasn’t long before she became a passionate advocate for peace. Ms. Clarke inspires others to live a life of peace and purpose and recently walked the Shikoku Pilgrimage (900 miles). Her talk Journey Toward Peace will touch upon her A-bomb survivor interviews and what we as everyday citizens can do to promote peace and end war.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required due to space limitation. The movie includes some graphic war-time footage and viewer discretion is advised. Call (808) 244-6862 for reservations and for more information or email [email protected]

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