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America's Wars in Asia : A Cultural Approach to History and Memory

America's Wars in Asia : A Cultural Approach to History and Memory - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0765602374

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ISBN13: 978-0765602374
ISBN10: 0765602377
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: East Gate Book
Published: 1998
International: No

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America's Wars in Asia : A Cultural Approach to History and Memory - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0765602374

Philip Ed. West, Steven I. Ed. Levine and Jackie Ed. Hiltz

ISBN13: 978-0765602374
ISBN10: 0765602377
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: East Gate Book

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

This book brings a fresh perspective to three wars the United States fought in Asia between 1941 and 1975 -- the Pacific War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War -- by focusing on the human dimension of the war as experienced by those, on all sides, who fought, lived through, and later remembered them. The complex relationship between history and memory is brought to bear on analyses of cultural artifacts and productions including novels, films, short stories, and poems that derive from or evoke war. Even though the cultural approach concerns itself with the local and the particular rather than with the universal, it is inherently comparative. Moreover, it also relocates each war in the historical and cultural experiences of Asian countries themselves rather than seeing the war as merely a conflict between the United States and Asian nations. This volume is meant to encourage readers, especially in a teaching environment, to develop an understanding of the experience of war in Asia that is variegated, fragmented, and complex, like the wars themselves.

Table of Contents

Versions of Sacrifice: A Cultural Approach to the Study of the United States and Asia at War


I Memorializing

1. Remembering Beginnings and Endings: The Fiftieth at Pearl Harbor and the Smithsonian Controversy, Edward Tabor Linenthal
2. The Bombed: Hiroshimas and Nagasakis in Japanese Memory, John Dower

II Analyzing Literature and Films

3. Japanese Films about the Pacific War [translated by Kana Moll], Tadao Sato
4. Our Forgotten War: The Korean War in Korean and American Popular Culture, David McCann
5. Fragmentation in American and Vietnamese War Fiction, Leslie Kennedy Adams
6. American and Vietnamese Poetry of Witness: Bridge over Troubled Waters, Jim Soular
7. Moral Judgment in War and Crimes against Humanity, Van Jay Symons

III Remembering

8. My Pacific War Revisited, Merrel D. Clubb,
9. A Double Exposure of the War, Ahn Junghyo
10.Through American Eyes: Combat Experiences and Memories in Korea and Vietnam, Colonel Harry Summers, Jr.
11.The Korean War at the Dinner Table, Pingchao Zhu
12. Myth of the Heroic Soldier and Images of the Enemy, James Z. Gao

IV Comparative and Historical Perspectives

13. The Age of the World Target, Rey Chow
14. Controversies Surrounding the Asian-Pacific War: The Tokyo War Crimes Trial [translated by Barak Kushner], Kentaro Awaya
15. Tutoring Democracy: Michigan State University and the Politics of Reform in South Vietnam, John Ernst
16. American Wars Within World History, G. L. Penrose
17. The Indian Wars and the Vietnam War, David Trask

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