Gates (Tsunami Museums)
Tsunami Museums, Friendship, and Hope
Below are links to the various museums established by various nations and other jurisdictions in response to the need for a public place of memorial to reflect on the impact of the tsunami of 2004. Here we have everything from the accounts of survivors, and the evidence of the disaster, to the aftermath of this event’s public memory:
Museum Tsunami Aceh： https://museumtsunami.id/
Aceh Tsunami Museum serves as memorial to tragedy
Museum established to provide disaster education, especially for younger generation：https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/aceh-tsunami-museum-serves-as-memorial-to-tragedy/1561326
Tsunami Memorials and Shipwrecked Boats in Thailand：https://adventuresofagoodman.com/tsunami-memorial-stabile-thailand-police-boat-khaolak/
Pacific Tsunami Museum: Home： http://tsunami.org/
Remembering the Indian Ocean tsunami： https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)62358-8/fulltext
Indian Ocean tsunami remembered, 15 years on： https://www.dw.com/en/indian-ocean-tsunami-remembered-15-years-on/a-51798062
Atlantic Tsunamis： https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/research/atlantic-tsunamis
The 2004 Tsunami Wiped Away Towns With 'Mind-Boggling' Destruction：https://www.history.com/news/deadliest-tsunami-2004-indian-ocean
Impacts of the 26 December 2004 tsunami in Eastern Africa： https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0964569106001153#:~:text=The%20tsunami%20of%2026%20December,%C2%B0N%2C%2095.854%C2%B0E.
Friendship and Hope in the Wake of the Tsunami
Initially, I wanted to find a museum in China that commemorates the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, but I could not find one. I did find some “friendship villages” in Sri Lanka and Indonesia that were built by donations from Chinese people. I am a Chinese person, and I remembered my family made a donation to support tsunami relief efforts; so, I was happy to discover how Chinese donations were used to help victims starting their new life with new homes. There are four friendship villages in Sri Lanka that have been built with Chinese financial support, and Chinese donations have also funded the reconstruction of three fishing-harbours. Such projects have proven to be crucial in the redevelopment of communities devastated by the tsunami because they support a process whereby citizens can return to earning a living for themselves. One of the Indonesia-China friendship villages is located at Banda Aceh, which was the area most devastated by the tsunami in Indonesia. I was very touched by a report featuring an interview with a survivor, wherein she said: “a house is the base of life.”
My research contribution will make up part of the production of carried away on the crest of a wave’s digital dramaturgy hub. Our dramaturgy group has decided that this hub will take the form of a metaphorical airport. Perhaps airports can be considered places that provide the means and possibility for people to return home; for people displaced by a tsunami, this return to home is a journey of hope: hope for a return to normal life, and hope for a renewed connection to home. In my research of the artifacts of the tsunami, there are many types of donations, but I found the most important donation for the tsunami victims is to give them a place to start to learn everything they lost, and people would always remember where they start a new life. Moreover, I think the artifacts are important because they could connect people together and share love with others from the past, present and future.
My research also brought me to a blog published by Indonesian people, in response to the international efforts put toward tsunami relief . These people call Aceh their home, and I was moved by their sincere thanks for the friendship village built by Chinese people. Due to each country’s drastically different political ideologies, Indonesia and China
could never be considered friends or even allies, and yet these friendship villages were built. Perhaps this is because the aftermath of a tsunami reminds us that people all over the world are connected, no matter their political and religious beliefs or alliances, and what people who have experienced a massive crisis really need is a friend. After the tsunami, friendships with survivors took many forms; in particular, there were many different forms of financial support. It seems to me that the most significant and sustainable form of financial support gave these survivors a place and a livelihood with which they could begin to earn back all that they had lost, and in so doing rebuild their dignity and self-worth.
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