Some have called World War II, America’s “just” war. But because wars involve people as well as nations, there are always acts of injustice along the way. “Collateral Damage” is the euphemism that refers to the death and suffering inflicted upon the innocent. “A Thousand Cranes” is the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl from Hiroshima who survived the blast of the atomic bomb, only to die a decade later of leukemia caused by radiation. Today we speak with three BYU faculty members about the life and legacy of Sadako, what happened to the city where she lived, and what is now recognized as an American injustice immediately following Pearl Harbor. Julia Ashworth (BYU Theatre and Media Arts) is currently directing Kathryn Shultz Miller’s play "A Thousand Cranes," on stage at BYU. Byron Daynes (BYU Political Science) teaches a class that studies Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, with a specific focus on the Topaz camp in Utah.
Jason Lanegan is the gallery manager of the Harris Fine Arts Center on the BYU campus. He is curator of the current exhibit called “A Thousand Cranes,” a memorial for Sadako and those who died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
—Original airdate: 2/8/2010
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