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FOCUS September 2021 Volume 105

Remembering and the Future

Editorial

Remembering painful experiences can mean reliving the horrors of the past. But such remembrance can also be part of a process of healing psycho-emotional wounds, of closing a chapter in life and of paying tribute to heroic actions of people.

Many museums have been established to ensure that people understand and appreciate the sacrifices of others in bringing about justice and change in society. They serve as venues for learning lessons of history-with the hope that such lessons learned would prevent history from being repeated.

In the history of Asia, the 1970s was a period of turmoil. Wars and political repressions occurred during this decade. Many lives were lost, properties destroyed and people displaced because of the wars and political repressions.

Museums in different parts of Asia have been established to remember these events and give homage to those who paid with their lives or endured severe suffering to save others. The sacrifice and heroism of these people are documented and presented in these museums for people to reflect upon and find lessons that can guide the present as well as the future.