Ghosts of War in Vietnam

Ghosts of War in Vietnam

by Heonik Kwon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521880610

ISBN-13: 9780521880619

Pub. Date: 01/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a fascinating study of the Vietnamese experience and memory of the Vietnam War through the lens of popular imaginings about the wandering souls of the war dead. These ghosts of war play an important part in postwar Vietnamese historical narrative and imagination and Heonik Kwon explores the intimate ritual ties with these unsettled identities which still

Overview

This is a fascinating study of the Vietnamese experience and memory of the Vietnam War through the lens of popular imaginings about the wandering souls of the war dead. These ghosts of war play an important part in postwar Vietnamese historical narrative and imagination and Heonik Kwon explores the intimate ritual ties with these unsettled identities which still survive in Vietnam today as well as the actions of those who hope to liberate these hidden but vital historical presences from their uprooted social existence. Taking a unique approach to the cultural history of war, he introduces gripping stories about spirits claiming social justice and about his own efforts to wrestle with the physical and spiritual presence of ghosts. Although these actions are fantastical, this book shows how examining their stories can illuminate critical issues of war and collective memory in Vietnam and the modern world more generally.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521880619
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2008
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series, #27
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Ghosts of war     10
The ghosts of the American War     13
Dealing with strangers     19
Ghosts and the state     24
Mass excavation     28
The exodus of the dead     32
Apparitions in Cam Re     36
The ghost of an American officer     39
Vietnam-American joint venture     40
Missing in action     44
Politics of home burial     45
New MIA program     51
Brotherly conflict     57
Two ways to end the cold war     62
The phantom leg     64
The network of war     67
The infrastructure of revolution     69
Tiger Temple     71
Same, same     75
Lap the amputee     77
The hidden history of the missing leg     80
Death in the street     83
Intimacy with displaced souls     85
Mother of the home-place     90
Homesickness     92
Distant reciprocity     96
One man's ghost is another man's ancestor     99
Transforming ghosts     103
The taste of phantom salt     104
Lien Hoa     109
Intrusive ghosts     113
Mobility     115
The network of spirits     117
The spirit of a born-and-bred communist     124
Letters from the prison     126
Liberation     128
Making kinship     130
Money for ghosts     133
Death and wealth     136
Old money and new money     139
Heads and tails     144
Money's two destinations     145
Money and liberty     152
Conclusion     156
Notes     167
References     197
Index     214

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