These film events are free and open to the public. Screenings are shown in correspondence with the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) and will be shown in Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall auditorium.
Produced by Nankai Broadcasting Corporation, Exposure to Radiation: Post X-Yearsdepicts the lasting effects of nuclear testing in 1954, when the United States carried out several thermonuclear bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, with Japanese fishing boats operating in the area.
Strangely, the records of radioactive contamination other than those of the iconic Lucky Dragon have been deleted from the public memory, as well as from history. This was because of the US-Japanese diplomatic settlement that was concluded hastily at the end of the same year.
Beginning in the 1980s, high school teachers and students in a port town in Kochi conducted oral history projects, focusing on local fishermen who had witnessed the mushroom clouds and radioactive fallout, known as the “ashes of death.”
In due course, fishermen’s deplorable medical conditions after radiation exposure became clear. In addition, formally classified Atomic Energy Commission’s archival documents revealed serious contamination in the broad Pacific region, including not only Japan, but also Korea, parts of China and Southeast Asia, the US, and Mexico.
The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, hosted at Metropolitan State Oct. 19-20 features expert presentation and discussion of scholarly prepared topics relating to Asian studies (View the conference program at this URL: https://www.metrostate.edu/sites/default/files/2018-10/mcaa-program.pdf), as well as topical and current-event related issues in Asia, such as global and international politics and economics. More than 200 experts and academics in the field of Asian studies are expected to attend.