3-11 and 9-11 Survivor Stories
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Five Years Later
Tuesday, March 8 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue at E. 70th Street
Admission: $30/$25 seniors and students/$20 members
The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, and the ensuing tsunami and nuclear accident created almost unfathomable challenges and trauma for residents of Northern Japan. Five years later, this special Asia Society event will showcase the powerful stories of an outreach program that has joined the survivors, first responders, and families of victims from the 3-11 disaster with their counterparts who suffered their own traumas a decade earlier, after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Beginning in 2012, members of the 9/11 Tribute Center traveled to Japan on missions of compassion and community outreach to share their own experiences of tragedy, loss, recovery, and resilience. For four years, these family members, survivors, and first responders of the two disasters have traveled back and forth between Japan and the U.S. in an exchange that has yielded profound, life-changing results. Although the two catastrophes had different causes and impact, the more general issues of coping with large-scale disaster and its repercussions are universal.
Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President of Asia Society, moderates a panel of speakers ranging from 3-11 and 9-11 survivors, first responders, and medical personnel who have established mental health programs. “3-11 and 9-11: Survivor Stories” features representatives from both communities, a short documentary film, and a conversation about the power of human connection and healing.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Asia Society’s website.