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.

An international lineup of anthropologists, cultural critics, historians, literary scholars, and activists recuperates 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. Specific objects of study in the volume 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.



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