The American War in Contemporary Vietnam: Transnational Remembrance and Representation (Tracking Globalization)

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Christina Schwenkel's absorbing study explores how the "American War" is remembered and commemorated in Vietnam today - in official and unofficial histories and in everyday life. Schwenkel analyzes visual representations found in monuments and martyrs' cemeteries, museums, battlefield tours, and related sites of "war tourism." In these transnational spaces, American and Vietnamese memories of the war intersect in ways profoundly shaped by global economic liberalization and the return of American citizens as tourists, pilgrims, and philanthropists.
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ISBN-13: 9780253220769
ISBN-10: 0253220769
Pagini: 264
Dimensiuni: 161 x 236 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Editura: Indiana University Press
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AbbreviationsIntroduction: Remembering (in) VietnamPart 1. Reconciliatory Projects1. Return to Vietnam: Redemption, Reconciliation, and Salvation; 2. Exhibiting War, Reconciling Pasts: Photojournalistic Practices and Divergent Visual HistoriesPart 2. Memorial Landscapes 3. Commodified Memories and Embodied Experiences of War; 4. Monumentalizing War: Toward a New Aesthetics of Memory Part 3. Incommensurable Pasts5. Contested Truths: Museums and the Global Politics of Objectivity and Representation; 6. Tortured Bodies, Neoliberal Politics, and Historical Unaccountability Conclusion: Empires of Memory: Imperial Designs in a Neoliberal WorldNotes; References Cited; Index


"A significant achievement, and one that does much to demonstrate the complexity of sites of war memory. . . . [Offers insights] that have an eerie resonance for today's political debates over the purpose and legitimacy of U.S. Actions in the Middle East." Geoffrey White, University of Hawai’i

"This book provides a great healing and revealing experience for any survivor or student of the Vietnam era." --On Point, Winter 2011"The American War in Contemporary Vietnam is essential reading for anyone teaching or wanting to understand Vietnam today and would be useful in teaching seminars or upper-level courses on Vietnam, Asia, memory, and history, as well as discussions of ethnographic methodology." - American Ethnologist