Film: Graves of the Fireflies by Isao Takahata, 1988. Based on an 1967 autobiographical short story by Akiyuki Nosaka. Questions to think about on this film: 1. How do Japanese remember their role in WWII-victim or aggressor? Does this film challenge that narrative? 2. For non-Japanese how does it change their understating of WWII in Asia? 3. Is there an advantage to using anime for such a sensitive topic? 4. Is film a better way for a society to process historical trauma, then say, an academic book? This is not a film review paper. It should be an essay that Analysis on the pros & cons of using film to ‘do’ history. In addition to watching the film, minimum of three books that are solely on the topic of the film is needed for events depicted. In this case, the selected books should talks about Japan in WWII (For example: US Airforce firebombing Tokyo 1945, period of Japan under US occupation and etc) Also. see article Can Movies Teach History’ NYT Nov 26 1989. The paper will be formal written essay with footnotes and bibliography with a total of 2000 words, exclusive of notes and bibliography.
gender. Last but not least, truth stands for transgender. Transgender people stop pretending what gender society wants them to be. They become whatever gender they want to be. Most people like to think of this as a sex change, but many people in the transgender community say, “I did not transition. I transitioned the way I present myself to you, and I transitioned your understanding of who I am, but I am the same woman I have always been. What I did, was begin telling you the truth about me. And in the process, I bloomed like a flower finally allowed to live in the light (Mott).” LGBT members do not just deal with matters of sexual orientation, they also help with suicide hot lines and prevention websites for such trauma. The LGBT community petitions by either creating or signing an actual petition, writing to their state representative, boycotting certain establishments, or picketing out front of the desired establishment or court case (LGBT, Wikipedia). To continue this boycotting and standing up for what they believe in, I believe that a single organization or a community shouldn’t be funded by an outside source. If a person or organization truly believes in what they are fighting for, they will either spend the money from their own pockets or get a group of people together in order to fundraise the costs needed. In the light of this topic’s controversy, it is easy to see that it is complicated due to biblical, logical, and emotional morale. It is also easy to get lost within one’s own argument without realizing it. Throughout writing this paper, I have grown to understand and respect the opposing side’s choices better, while expanding my knowledge on this topic I truly care about. If we as a nation could join together and legalize same sex marriage for equality, it would settle one of the many controversial issues of our time. We could then move forward and focus on something else that is even more controversial like fixing our primary and secondary education system. In fact, recent polls state that about 70 percent of voters under the age of 30 support the legalization of same-sex marriage. It is only a matter of time until everyone will be able to get married. Imagine if everyone just switched. Meaning that if straight people turned gay and gay people turned straight. The newly gay people would feel the struggle and resistance of not being able to marry or get benefits, while the newly straight people would understand first-hand what the newly gay people are going through and help fight for them. This division that same-sex marriage is creating between states clouds the fundamental issue we face – taking away natural-born rights that each American deserves. Works Cited “An Overview of Federal Rights and Protections Granted to Married Couples.” Human Rights Campaign. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2014. “Answers to Your Questions About Same-Sex Marriage.” Http://www.a>