My name is Molly and I'm doing an honors project for my Collective Trauma class on the Hiroshima a-bomb. I've already researched the bombing and written a report on it. Right now I'm working on developing a thesis for a second report that explores how Hiroshima memorialized the incident.
I've found a lot of official (like the official Hiroshima page) and tourist sources on the memorial but I'm looking for something that goes deeper. I'd be very interested to know if there were any Hiroshima citizens who opposed the message of the memorial or who wanted the memorial to be different. Really, I want to know the politics behind the memorial and if that message has changed at all in generations today.
I was wondering if any of you had any sources that I could use. I'm mostly looking for printed sources instead of web sources because I have a limit to the amount of web sources I can use. Still, I'd be grateful for anything because I've been struggling to find useable information.
So far I've read the Hiroshima Maidens, Hiroshima (John Hersey), and Shockwave by Walker. None of them have really focused on the memorial but instead of the bombing and politics behind the dropping of the bomb.
It'd be great if any of you know of a citizen of Hiroshima I could contact about this. Not necessarily a victim of the bomb since there are very few left. But I'd absolutely love to get a citizen's point of view on the memorial.
It's a lot to ask, I know, but I'm struggling immensely with this project. Thank you. :)