Toward a Community of Memory

Yuki Miyamoto

in Beyond the Mushroom Cloud

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780823240500
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240548 | DOI:

Series: Bordering Religions

Toward a Community of Memory

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The historical event of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has often been discussed from within a discourse based upon nation-state boundaries. While the following chapter discusses Japanese nationalism built around the atomic bomb experience, this chapter reveals that framing discussion of the destruction of the bomb within nation-state frameworks obscures the indiscriminate nature of nuclear weaponry; such discussions fail to account for those who lie outside such boundaries (for example, Koreans residing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the time of the bombings), while casting others-who may or may not have been in Hiroshima or Nagasaki in August 1945—as “authentic” victims of the bombings. Thus, arguing against philosopher Avishai Margalit's notion that a nation can be a community of memory, I introduce Hiroshima city's attempts to be a community of memory that is open to any nationalities.

Keywords: A Community of Memory; Hiroshima; Avishai Margalit; the Smithsonian Debate; Enola Gay

Chapter.  13657 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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