Northeast Asia's Difficult Past: Essays in Collective Memory

Hardcover | August 15, 2010

EditorBarry Schwartz, Mikyoung Kim

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The problem of memory in China, Japan and Korea involves a surfeit rather than a deficit of memory, and the consequence of this excess is negative: unforgettable traumas prevent nations from coming to terms with the problems of the present. These compelling essays enrich Western scholarship by applying to it insights derived from Asian settings.

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The problem of memory in China, Japan and Korea involves a surfeit rather than a deficit of memory, and the consequence of this excess is negative: unforgettable traumas prevent nations from coming to terms with the problems of the present. These compelling essays enrich Western scholarship by applying to it insights derived from Asian...

MIKYOUNG KIM is Assistant Professor of International Security at the Hiroshima Peace Institute-Hiroshima City University, Japan. She is the author of North Korean Human Rights Debates in East Asia, and has also published several journal articles on memory, North Korean human rights, and gender.BARRY SCHWARTZ is Professor Emeritus of S...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.65 × 5.74 × 0.81 inPublished:August 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Northeast Asia's Memory Problem--B.Schwartz &--M.Kim
PART I: JAPAN STUDIES
The Yasukuni Conundrum: Japan's Contested Identity and Memory--M.Mochizuki
Japanese Pacifism: Problematic Reflexivity--M.Kim
Responsibility, Regret, and Nationality in Japanese Memory--K.Fukuoka &--B.Schwartz
PART II: CHINA STUDIES
Political Centers, Progressive Narrative, and Cultural Trauma: Coming to Terms with the Nanjing Massacre in China, 1937-1979--X.Xu &--L.Spillman
Alternative Genres, New Media, and Counter Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution--G.Yang
The Changing Fate of the National Anthem of China--T.Liao, G.Zhang &--L.Zhang
Memory Movement and State-Society Relationship: The Chinese World War II Victims' Reparations Movement against Japan--B.Xu &--G.Fine
PART III: KOREA STUDIES
Exacerbated Politics: The Legacy of Political Trauma in South Korea--D.Baker
The Chosn Monarchy in Republican Korea, 1945-1965; C.Kim
Parallax Visions in the Dokdo-Takeshima Disputes--H.Kwon
Epilogue: Caught between Contentions and Dialogues: Historical Memories in Northeast Asia--J.J.Suh
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"A landmark volume -- destined to be a classic in the expanding field of memory studies" -- James V. Wertsch, Marshall S. Snow Professor in Arts and Sciences and Director, McDonnell International Scholars Academy, Washington University in St. Louis