‘Hope – Rev Dr Norman Shanks’

We asked Rev Dr Norman Shanks about his Christian views on ‘hope’.  He talked about hope in relation to faith and love, and quoted some lines from T.S. Eliot’s ‘East Coker’.  We then asked him to compare living with hope and living without it.  Finally, how can we get hope?

The interview was carried out with the Japanese word for hope, ‘kibou’ (希望), in mind.  When native speakers of Japanese hear ‘hope’, they may immediately translates it into ‘kibou’, and they may try to understand unconsciously, in Japanese cultural context, what is talked about hope within English-speaking cultural contexts.

This is a part of Documentary Films Production.


Directed, filmed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Produced by Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
16 minutes
In English with English subtitles
© Japan Desk Scotland 2016


This has been shown:

(1) on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2016/17.