The Impact That Manga Can Have on Teaching People About the Past, Present, and Future

Keiji Nakazawa: Barefoot In Hiroshima

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Barefoot Gen

Barefoot Gen

Barefoot Gen


Manga has a huge influence worldwide and can be effective in the classroom.  Everybody learns differently and students are more engaged in learning about something that interests them.  Many students enjoy reading manga and it can prepare them with the necessary skills to become successful in their lives.  

Some of these skills include reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking, and developing long-term relationships with people from all walks of life.  Developing engaging and interactive curriculum motivates students to learn more about the world around them and apply what they learned to their daily lives.

 For example, manga can teach people around the world from all ethnicities about important events that occurred during Japan’s history such as  America dropping an atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in ending World War II to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011.  

I strongly believe that more teachers should utilize manga as a learning tool to inspire and educate the younger generation about finding solutions to life’s daily problems.  Pop culture can become a great weapon in helping young people understand the past, present, and possibilities that the future can bring.


Barefoot Gen is a great example of the catastrophic impact that war can have on human life.  It should teach people that war is not the solution towards bring about the changes that we want to see in our lives.  Watch the video below:



About wmckenzie95

I am passionate about travel and learning about other cultures. On my free time, I love to listen to music and watch movies. Some countries that I really want to visit are Japan and France.
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4 Responses to The Impact That Manga Can Have on Teaching People About the Past, Present, and Future

  1. April says:

    You have a great idea about connecting with students in a way that interests them to help them retain information. It is true people learn better when they are interested in the subject.

    • wmckenzie95 says:

      Thank you. I really appreciate your comment. I can tell you that this method works from my experience working in the school system.

      • April Diane says:

        We have a lot to learn from other cultures and visa versa. I did not know you worked in the school system. What was your role in the school system?

      • wmckenzie95 says:

        Yes, I strongly believe that America can learn from other cultures. However, many people decide not to because they do not have the time or just is not interested. This is a huge world filled with people from many different ethnicities and this country will never fully grow until they appreciate other cultures. Many people are fearful of other cultures due to what they present in the media. We need to get out of this group-think mentality and stop thinking that we are better than the rest of the world. If you really think about it, America is known as the “melting pot” because many people want to come here and raise a family. If people took time out of their schedule and had conversations with others that are different from them, I think the world would be a better place. I am a substitute teacher at the moment.

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