Thursday, August 6th, 2015 marks seventy years since the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, which was followed three days later by a bomb on Nagasaki.
Dr. James Yamazaki was a medical researcher with the US Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. The team went to Hiroshima and Nagasaki after World War II to study the effects of the atomic bomb. A piece by NBC News this week focused on Dr. Yamazaki and shared some of his research findings, as well as his perspectives against nuclear warfare.
The UCLA Asian American Studies Center worked with Dr. Yamazaki on a companion site to his book Children of the Atomic Bomb. The website features drawings from survivors, images, videos, resources, and lesson plans that can be used to learn and to discuss more about the effects of nuclear weapons. You can visit the site here: http://www.aasc.ucla.edu/cab/.
In addition, Dr. Yamazaki wrote an article for Amerasia Journal, which was later republished in Asian Americans on War and Peace (UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press). In Yamazaki’s piece entitled “Why Does a Pediatrician Worry About Nuclear Weapons” he shares his experiences during World War II and what his work with the US Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission has meant to him, especially in regards to his stance on the use of nuclear weapons. We are making this article available for free for a limited time. Download Dr. James Yamazaki’s Why Does a Pediatrician Worry About Nuclear Weapons today and read more about the atomic bombs’ impact.
Children of the Atomic Bomb website: http://www.aasc.ucla.edu/cab/
Link to NBC News feature on Dr. James Yamazaki: “Hiroshima 70th Anniversary: Nuclear Bomb ‘Should Never Be Used Again'”