June 23, 2013
Nanjing, Nagasaki, past and present The juxtaposition of two articles on the Far East, one on Nanjing, past and present ("A Spirit of Trial and Triumph" by David Kelly), the other on the history of Nagasaki ("A New Life in a New Era" by Andrew Bender), brings to mind a Robert Burns poem wherein he observes, "Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn. " The Rape of Nanking, as Nanjing was once called, by the Japanese army in 1937 after that country invaded China, resulted in 300,000 Chinese being slaughtered in a six-week orgy of unimagined violence.
June 11, 2013 |
They pulled a bit of history out of the English Channel on Monday. Experts from the Royal Air Force Museum lifted a rare Dornier Do 17 bomber from the seafloor near Kent. The plane, shot down during the Battle of Britain in 1940, is believed to be the sole survivor of its type from Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe. OK, you say, and exactly why I should care about a rusty old warplane from 73 years ago? Does “Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it” ring any bells?
June 9, 2013 |
NAGASAKI, Japan - On my first trip to Nagasaki, just out of college, I knew what most of the world knows: An atomic bomb fell here on Aug. 9, 1945, bringing World War II to a close. It wasn't until my second visit, more than 20 years later on a guidebook assignment, that I realized how much I had missed. Although the A-bomb is rightfully front and center for overseas visitors, the Japanese concept of the city is very different. As Japan's westernmost major port, it was the nation's first landing spot for Catholic missionaries and martyrs; red-bearded, waistcoated, fancy-hatted traders; and exotic foods borne by trade winds.
June 9, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO NAGASAKI, JAPAN From LAX, connecting service to Nagasaki is available on All Nippon. Restricted round-trip airfares begin at $783, including taxes and fees. Trams serve the major sights and hotels. $1.50 per ride or $5 day pass purchased at hotels. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 81 (country code for Japan) and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel, 2-3 Akizuki-machi, Nagasaki; 95-864-7777, http://www.gt-nagasaki.jp/ . This showpiece hotel is worth the trip across town.
April 28, 2013 |
It's called the Trinity Site, an expanse of baked-white land in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert - the spot where "the gadget" was set off, launching an era of nuclear proliferation. Reactions to this place - the site of the world's first atomic bomb test on July 16, 1945 - vary widely and are usually influenced by age and background. For a 65-year-old Californian, it summons images of having to hunker below her school desk in a drill during the Cold War. For a 79-year-old Texan, it conjures up memories of sitting next to the radio as joyous news arrived - World War II was over and the boys were finally coming home.
March 15, 2011 |
Radiation exposure is sadly all too familiar to the people of Japan. The health effects of radiation were poorly understood until the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki toward the end of World War II. Prior to that time, scientists had widely mixed views on the impact of radiation exposure. "There was a strange kind of love-hate attitude about radiation before that," said Dr. William McBride, a professor of radiation oncology at UCLA and a Jonsson Cancer Center researcher who has looked at the consequences of radiation exposure after a radiological or nuclear terrorist attack.