New Voices On Nuclear Weapons Fellow
Charlotte Yeung
Nuclear narratives in America and Japan

Charlotte Yeung is an inaugural New Voices on Nuclear Weapons Fellow, 2023 Frederick Douglass Global Fellow, and 2023 Midwest Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador. As a 2022 Hiroshima ICAN Academy Attendee, she went to Hiroshima where she discussed nuclear policy with the governor and mayor of Hiroshima and met with survivors of the atomic bomb. She is the founder and lead instructor for a poetry workshop series for women in Afghanistan. She is a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations.

Research Project Summary

The nuclear narratives told and believed today are rooted in how nuclear weapons are discussed in school, culture, and locality. The branching narratives in America and Japan are particularly distinct and told through different forms of official narratives taught in textbooks, visual aesthetics, preservation of nuclear-related sites, movements, and the military-industrial complex. My exhibit and poetry ask how education and culture are the roots through which come the multidimensional nature of how Americans and Japanese learn about nuclear weapons and how those define the systems that shape public opinion about nuclear weapons today in those two countries.