HISTORY + ART = PEACE
A Selected Collection of Art by Youths & Their Voices
World War II in Asia ended with the surrender of the Japanese Imperial Army on August 15, 1945. Its history of crimes against humanity, however, is often forgotten, unknown, misunderstood, revised and/or denied. In addition, there are many untold stories from those that suffered in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in Canada.
While the atrocities were horrific in intensity and scale, the global society is still largely unaware of the historical and contemporary issues that stem from the Asia Theatre during WWII.
The injustices and the marginalization of this history have driven many to desire peace and social justice, and we hope that many more will be inspired to work for peace and humanity through understanding WWII in Asia.
Art has a compelling power to create space for negotiation, creativity, empathy, and critical thinking. Understanding a marginalized history filled with injustices, forgotten stories, pain, and controversy through art can allow people to develop meaningful responses that will bring us closer to peace and reconciliation.
Beyond issues connected to the World War II in Asia, communities can also see the interconnectedness of our collective suffering today when violence, greed, and selfishness reign. As responsible global citizens of all ages, we cannot look away from past and present conflicts.
We must face the inhumanity in humanity so that we are reminded of the importance of peace, diversity, and social justice.