I was privileged to be a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks Workshop, History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War, organized by the East-West Center, Pacific Historic Parks, and the U. S. National Park Service, July 25-30, 2010. Funded by NEH and the Pacific Historic Parks with sponsorship from the East West Center and its Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP), a joint program of the University of Hawai’i and the East-West Center, the program includes U. S. faculty from eleven states and one territory, and international participants representing five nations.
The focus of the Workshop was to explore how "World War II, and the Pacific War in particular, continue to be subjects of deep emotion and contested memory. At the same time, the events of war that were so cataclysmic in the mid-twentieth century may also be only a dim and at times irrelevant memory for some of today’s younger generations." The Workshop" … will afford an opportunity to ask how and why the Pacific War remains relevant today, and in what ways it is invoked in the national memories of the United States and Japan as well as other countries involved in the war."
My project module Monuments and Memory includes a portal page and an activity curriculum guide and resources (print and online). Additional items include a list of Fellows, links to the workshop sponsors, the East-West Center, the Pacific Historic Parks, and the National Park Service, and images for project use.