The San Diego Museum of Man (SDMoM), a
cultural and physical anthropology museum in Balboa Park, announced today that it will host a timely panel discussion titled, “Perspectives on Japan: Dealing with the Devastation” on Tuesday, March 29th from 5pm to 7pm in the Gill Auditorium.

“Consistent with SDMoM’s identity as a cross-cultural communication laboratory where people come to learn and talk about issues that are particularly relevant to the San Diego community and beyond, the goal of the panel is to provide an opportunity for local residents and visitors to better understand the situation in Japan from a variety of perspectives,” says SDMoM’s Executive Director Dr. Micah D. Parzen.

The event is co-sponsored by the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana. The event is free to the public.

The panelists will include:

Dr. Takeo Hoshi (Pacific Economic Cooperation Professor in International Relations/UCSD) – an economist who will discuss the economic implications of the disaster
Dr. Stefan Tanaka (Professor of History/UCSD) – a historian who will speak about the lessons that can be learned from Japanese responses to prior disasters
Dr. Joseph Hankins (Assistant Professor of Anthropology/UCSD) – an anthropologist who will discuss the uneven distribution of the damaging effects of the disaster and the implications of the breakdown of supply chains for Japan and the rest of the world
Dr. Michael Inoue (President Emeritus of the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana) – a member of the San Diego Consular Corps who will provide an analysis of the cultural implications of the disaster
Mr. Kazuyuki (Kaz) Abe – a former Imperial Guard raised in Miyagi prefecture in Northern Japan who will speak about his connection to the people of the impacted region and their extraordinary resiliency.

Dr. Parzen will moderate the panel discussion, which will include an ample question and answer period.