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SUBJECTS — U.S./1941 - 1991; World/WW-II, the Cold War Era, Japan;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage; Friendship; Human Rights;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Caring.
Age 9-13; not rated (this made-for-television movie is appropriate for family viewing); 60 minutes; 1988; Color; Available from BarnesAndNoble.com.
In 1955, twenty-five young girls who had been horribly burned by the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima were brought to the U.S. for plastic surgery. While in the, U.S. they stayed with American families. This film traces the experience of one Hiroshima Maiden and the family that was her host. At first, the family's 10 year old son, prompted by his friends, thinks she's a spy. As he learns more about her he realizes that ....
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Hiroshima Maiden helps teachers illustrate the great human cost of "collateral damage," supplies an example of how and why to resist peer pressure, introduces the atomic bomb attacks on Japan that ended WW II, and provides an inspiring example of the transforming and healing power of love.
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Hiroshima Maiden shows Americans caring for Japanese after the Second World War.
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This film operates effectively on at least five levels. First, it shows a child of about ten choosing between the prejudices of his peers, and the ethics and loving attitude of his family. Second, it shows adults dealing with the unhealed wounds of a brutal war. Third, it brings home the human cost of war and the terrible meaning of the words "collateral damage" and "civilian casualties." Fourth, it is an introduction to the injuries visited upon innocents in the only nuclear war experienced by mankind.
This is a story of the compassion of an American family and the courage of a young woman who travels halfway across the world for painful surgeries in a land that had been the hated enemy of her country. While other movies about the atomic attacks on Japan can be quite grisly and graphic, this film is gentle. However, the human cost of war, particularly the impact on its youngest victims, is underscored by the angry swollen scars that mar the left side of Miyeko's body.
The fifth and perhaps the most important level on which this movie works can be shown by following the story of the Hiroshima Maidens as they took the experience of their stay in the U.S. home to Japan. It is an enduring testament to the transforming and healing power of love.
The Learning Guide to the film Hiroshima Maiden contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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