Gates (Tsunami Museums)

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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.

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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.

Works Cited

China to Build Village for Sri Lanka's Tsunami Victims - Sri Lanka. ReliefWeb, 2005.  https://www.reliefweb.int/report/sri-lanka/china-build-village-sri-lankas-tsunamivictims. 

Chinese houses for Sri Lankan tsunami victims, Hindustan Times, 2006.  https://www.hindustantimes.com/india/chinese-houses-for-sri-lankan-tsunami-victims/story-4FuCHQySv7wPB3zk6TunUJ.html 

Indonesia: Aceh Tsunami Victims Moving into ‘China-Indonesia Friendship Village’ - Indonesia.” ReliefWeb, 2007.  

https://www.reliefweb.int/report/indonesia/indonesia-aceh-tsunami-victims-moving-china-indonesia-friendship-village.  

Mohd, A. (@x-files), BORN IN TO HISTORY-Friendship Village Indonesia-China, 2017. 

https://steemit.com/history/@x-files/born-in-to-history-friendship-village-indonesia- china.

 

Ramalanjaona, G. Impact of 2004 Tsunami in the Islands of Indian Ocean: Lessons Learned. Emergency Medicine International, vol. 2011, 2011, pp. 1–3., 

doi:10.1155/2011/920813. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/emi/2011/920813/. 

 

斯里兰卡举行"中斯友谊村"竣工交接仪式 - 中华人民共和国外交部,2006. 

https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/web/gjhdq_676201/gj_676203/yz_676205/1206_676884/1 206x2_676904/t438051.shtml

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