Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific War(s)

Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific War(s)

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Perilous Memories makes a groundbreaking and critical intervention into debates about war memory in the Asia-Pacific region. Arguing that much is lost or erased when the Asia-Pacific War(s) are reduced to the 1941–1945 war between Japan and the United States, this collection challenges mainstream memories of the Second World War in favor of what were actually multiple, widespread conflicts. The contributors recuperate marginalized or silenced memories of wars throughout the region—not only in Japan and the United States but also in China, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, Okinawa, Taiwan, and Korea.
Firmly based on the insight that memory is always mediated and that the past is not a stable object, the volume demonstrates that we can intervene positively yet critically in the recovery and reinterpretation of events and experiences that have been pushed to the peripheries of the past. The contributors—an international list of anthropologists, cultural critics, historians, literary scholars, and activists—show how both dominant and subjugated memories have emerged out of entanglements with such forces as nationalism, imperialism, colonialism, racism, and sexism. They consider both how the past is remembered and also what the consequences may be of privileging one set of memories over others. Specific objects of study range from photographs, animation, songs, and films to military occupations and attacks, minorities in wartime, “comfort women,” commemorative events, and postwar activism in pursuing redress and reparations.
Perilous Memories is a model for war memory intervention and will be of interest to historians and other scholars and activists engaged with collective memory, colonial studies, U.S. and Asian history, and cultural studies.

Contributors. Chen Yingzhen, Chungmoo Choi, Vicente M. Diaz, Arif Dirlik, T. Fujitani, Ishihara Masaie, Lamont Lindstrom, George Lipsitz, Marita Sturken, Toyonaga Keisaburo, Utsumi Aiko, Morio Watanabe, Geoffrey M. White, Diana Wong, Daqing Yang, Lisa Yoneyama

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822325642
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 06/21/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

T. Fujitani is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego and author of Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan.

Geoffrey M. White is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai’i, Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and author of Identity Through History: Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society.

Lisa Yoneyama is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Japanese Studies at University of California, San Diego and author of Hiroshima Traces: Time, Space, and the Dialectics of Memory.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction / T. Fujitani, Geoffrey M. White, and Lisa Yoneyama 1

1. Memory Fragments, Memory Images

Absent Images of Memory: Remembering and Reenacting the Japanese Internment / Marita Sturken 33

The Malleable and the Contested: The Nanjing Massacre in Postwar China and Japan / Daqing Yang 50

Memories of War and Okinawa / Ishihara Masaie 87

Images of Islanders in Pacific War Photographs / Lamont Lindstrom 107

Imagery and War in Japan: 1995 / Morio Watanabe 129

2. Politics and Poetics of Liberation

Deliberating “Liberation Day”: Identity, History, Memory, and War in Guam / Vicente M. Diaz 155

Imperial Army Betrayed / Chen Yingzhen 181

Korean “Imperial Soldiers”: Remembering Colonialism and Crimes against Allied POWs / Utsumi Aiko 199

Memory Suppression and Memory Production: The Japanese Occupation of Singapore / Diana Wong 218

Go For Broke, the Movie, Japanese American Soldiers in U.S. National, Military, and Racial Discourses / T. Fujitani 239

Moving History: The Pearl Harbor Film(s) / Geoffrey M. White 267

3. Atonement, Healing, and Unexpected Alliances

“Trapped in History” on the Way to Utopia: East Asia’s “Great War” Fifty Years Later / Arif Dirlik 299

For Transformative Knowledge and Postnationalist Public Spheres: The Smithsonian Enola Gay Controversy / Lisa Yoneyama 323

“Frantic to Join . . . the Japanese Army”: Black Soldiers and Civilians Confront the Asia Pacific War / George Lipsitz 347

Colonialism and Atom Bombs: About Survivors of Hiroshima Living in Korea / Toyonaga Keisaburo 378

The Politics of War Memories toward Healing / Chungmoo Choi 395

Bibliography 411

Filmography 435

Index 437

Contributors 461

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