After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai / Edition 1

After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai / Edition 1

by Heonik Kwon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520247973

ISBN-13: 2900520247979

Pub. Date: 11/10/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

Though a generation has passed since the massacre of civilians at My Lai, the legacy of this tragedy continues to reverberate throughout Vietnam and the rest of the world. This engrossing study considers how Vietnamese villagers in My Lai and Ha My—a village where South Korean troops committed an equally appalling, though less well-known, massacre of unarmed

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Though a generation has passed since the massacre of civilians at My Lai, the legacy of this tragedy continues to reverberate throughout Vietnam and the rest of the world. This engrossing study considers how Vietnamese villagers in My Lai and Ha My—a village where South Korean troops committed an equally appalling, though less well-known, massacre of unarmed civilians—assimilate the catastrophe of these mass deaths into their everyday ritual life.
Based on a detailed study of local history and moral practices, After the Massacre focuses on the particular context of domestic life in which the Vietnamese villagers interact with their ancestors on one hand and the ghosts of tragic death on the other. Heonik Kwon explains what intimate ritual actions can tell us about the history of mass violence and the global bipolar politics that caused it. He highlights the aesthetics of Vietnamese commemorative rituals and the morality of their practical actions to liberate the spirits from their grievous history of death. The author brings these important practices into a critical dialogue with dominant sociological theories of death and symbolic transformation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520247979
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/10/2006
Series:
Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
231

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments Foreword Map of Vietnam

Introduction
1. The Bipolarity of Death
2. Massacres in the Year of the Monkey, 1968
3. A Generation Afterward
4. Ancestors in the Street
5. Heroes and Ancestors
6. Grievous Death
7. The Stone of Fury
8. The Decomposition of the Cold War Conclusion: Liberation from Grievance

Notes Index

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