Cold War Friendships: Korea, Vietnam, and Asian American Literature

Paperback | June 15, 2016

byJosphine Nock-Hee Park

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Cold War Friendships explores the plight of the Asian ally of the American wars in Korea and Vietnam. Enlisted into proxy warfare, this figure is not a friend but a "friendly," a wartime convenience enlisted to serve a superpower. It is through this deeply unequal relation, however, that theCold War friendly secures her own integrity and insists upon her place in the neocolonial imperium. This study reads a set of highly enterprising wartime subjects who make their way to the US via difficult attachments. American forces ventured into newly postcolonial Korea and Vietnam, both plunged into civil wars, to draw the dividing line of the Cold War. The strange success of containment and militarization in Korea unraveled in Vietnam, but the friendly marks the significant continuity between these hot wars.In both cases, the friendly justified the fight: she was also a political necessity who redeployed cold war alliances, and, remarkably, made her way to America. As subjects in process - and indeed, proto-Americans - these figures are prime literary subjects, whose processes of becoming are on full display in Asian American novels and testimonies of these wars. Literary writings on both of these conflicts are presently burgeoning, and Cold War Friendshipsperforms close analyses of key texts whose stylistic constraints and contradictions--shot through with political and historical nuance--present complex gestures of alliance.

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Cold War Friendships explores the plight of the Asian ally of the American wars in Korea and Vietnam. Enlisted into proxy warfare, this figure is not a friend but a "friendly," a wartime convenience enlisted to serve a superpower. It is through this deeply unequal relation, however, that theCold War friendly secures her own integrity a...

Josephine Nock-Hee Park is Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her book Apparitions of Asia: Modernist Form and Asian American Poetics was awarded the Literary Book Award by the Association for Asian American Studies.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190257679

ISBN - 13:9780190257675

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"Tracking the depiction of 'friendlies' in literary treatments of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Park deftly explores how the aesthetics of those processes ultimately found-and continues to find-expression in the literary production of Asian America. Cold War Friendships shows the uniquerevelatory power of both literary works and literary criticism as it traces 'an Asian American genealogy of war' and the Cold War legacy it makes manifest." --PRISCILLA WALD, author of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative