What the Tsunami Left Behind

Celina Lee

Date: 03.11.13

Source: CNN, NY Times

Japanese police officers dig through rubble in Miyagi Prefecture on Sunday.

Japanese police officers dig through rubble in Miyagi Prefecture on Sunday.


Japan commemorated a two-year anniversary of the Tsunami that swept across northeast Japan in 2011. There is lot to be reconstructed and rebuild the community, especially in Namie where radiation leaked from Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. It remains a problem, and the vast land is left untouched. The Fukushima Baptist Church “took a step to nourish hopes and fortify on flagging spirits on the road back to normality,” yet many are unwilling to return. If a free-giving institution like church cannot uplift the community, how can the devastation and radiation leakage be settled? Is there a future for the toxicated land and lost souls?

Researchers say it may take up to decacdes to fully reconstruct the land, but we can start fostering the problem by “brining together a diverse body of knowledge, both national and local.” As it is discussed in the reading, I believe the interdependece between the art and science can “serve as a binding agent to connect the well-being of human communities” in hope to reunite the scattered land.




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One Response to What the Tsunami Left Behind

  1. Barbara says:

    Celina, let’s talk more about those points you raise above–collaboration, the role of art, etc. These pose point of entry for discussing the idea(l) embedded in Bargmann’s practice and approach.

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