I'm working with a group of educators who are creating an updated open textbook (OER) about the Asia Pacific region's history from 1868 (the start of the Meiji era in Japan). One of the challenges I am encountering is creating discussion prompts for controversial topics. I understand the prompts need to be as neutral and inclusive as possible, so we've tried to include stories from people living in the region. Does this discussion prompt compel yourself, as a university student studying the history of the Pacific to engage or avoid this discussion? Further on in the book we will talk about the importance of reconciliation of the past.
Please share any ideas you may have experienced that we could make controversial (emotional) topics more inclusive and advance learning, not only one's emotions.Draft Discussion Prompt (Example)
August 6, 2020, was the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing over Hiroshima. To many, this image of the dome building in 1945 is a symbol of the devastation that occurred on the August morning that ended the war with Imperial Japanese forces. The building is part of the international peace memorial in Hiroshima.
How would you feel about portraying Hiroshima as a city of peace if you knew the dome building housed Imperial Headquarters from 1894 that instigated attacks China, Taiwan, and Korea and continues to grow as a military base as the port of Kaga, Japan's new aircraft carrier and US Marine Corps Iwakuni, largest airbase in East Asia, the MSDF Kure base for the new Helicopter carrier Kaga the US Army Akizui Ammunition Depot, and GSDF Haramura Training Grounds?