Pacific Atrocities Education: Pacific Atrocities Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings awareness to wartime atrocities committed in the Pacific Asia region from 1931-1945. Our organization educates others through literary and performance based arts. Pacific Atrocities Education was founded in 2013 and received its 501(c)(3) status in 2014. Since our founding, over 500 people in the Bay Area have become involved in or were a part of our projects early efforts.
More than 10 million people were killed in Pacific-based atrocities during World War II, over 300,000 were killed during the Nanjing Massacre alone. Given these horrifying facts it may seem astonishing that very few schools in the U.S. teach this part of our shared world history. This very important historical moment is significant in understanding present day Sino-American relations and Sino-Japanese relations alike. Furthermore, bringing awareness to wartime atrocities in the Pacific Asia region helps survivors find closure and increases dialogue about complex contemporary human rights issues world-wide.
During our first year of operation, the theatrical productions of Forever Ginling and The Crimes of Hirohito were well received. Press coverage included stories and releases about the projects efforts by KTSF, China Daily, Singtao Radio, China Watch, the Washington Post, and the Daily Telegraph. Cast members and audience members have commented on the important impact these productions had on their lives.
The design we need is for Forever Ginling, a play which follows a Chinese American as she uncovers the courage of Minnie Vautrin during some of the darkest hours of World War II. This is the story of a heroine who saved 10,000 women and children in the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. It is a tale of ethnic and gender empowerment that has the potential to impact many lives.
In addition to bringing arts-based education to the community through Forever Ginling, we hope to partner with public schools in San Francisco to support their current curriculum framework for World War II history.
Target audience: Theater goers, public eyes, and Asian Americans.