Decades after the end of the World War II East Asia continues to struggle with lingering animosities and unresolved historical grievances in domestic, bilateral and regional memory landscapes. China, Japan and the Korea share a history of inter- and intra-violence, self-other identity construction and diametrically opposed interpretations of the past.
Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia offers a complete overview of the challenges of national memory and ideological rivalry for reconciliation in the East Asian region. Chapters provide authoritative analyses of contentious issues such as comfort women, the Nanjing massacre, history textbook controversies, shared heritage sites, colonial rule, territorial disputes and restitution. By interweaving memory, human rights and reconciliation the contributors actively explore real prospects of redressing past wrongs and achieving peaceful coexistence at personal as well as governmental levels.
Bringing together an international team of experts, this book is an essential read for students and scholars of East Asian studies, anthropology, gender studies, history, international relations, law, political science, and sociology, and for those interested in memory and reconciliation issues.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: Domestic Trauma and Prospects of Reconciliation 1. The Changing Circle of Alliance and the National Day Parade in China Tim F. Liao and Libin Zhang 2. Cacophonous Memories: Revision of the Official Narrative on the War of Resistance against Japan in Post-Mao China and its Limitations Rui Gao 3. Memory and Reconciliation in Post-Mao China, 1976-1982 Bin Xu 4. Memory and Others: Japan’s Mnemonic Turn in the 1990s Kazuya Fukuoka 5. Reconciliation Prospects and Divided War Memories in Japan: An Analysis of Major Newspapers on the Comfort Women Issue Shunichi Takekawa 6. (In)visible Women: Gendering of Popular War Memories through the Narrative of the Battleship Yamato for Six Decades in Postwar Japan Kaori Yoshida 7. Memory Wars and Prospects for Reconciliation in South Korea Don Baker 8. Tracing Memories of Tauchi Chizuko: Korean Memories of Historical Shame and the "Japanese Mother of Korean War Orphans" Mikyoung Kim 9. Critical Assessments of the South Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission Dong-Choon Kim 10. On Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Korean "Collaborators" of Japanese Colonialism Jeong-Chul Kim Part II: Bilateral Conflicts and Lessons of Reconciliation 11. People’s Diplomacy: The Japan-China Friendship Association and Critical War Memory in the 1950s Franziska Seraphim 12. Troubled Seas: Japan’s Pacific and East China Sea Domains and Claims Gavan McCormack 13. The Role of Compensation in Sino-Japanese Reconciliation: Compensation as a Means to Restore Justice Ja-hyun Chun 14. Reconciliation and the Goguryeo/Gāogōulì Disputes between China and South Korea David Hundt and Baogang He 15. Manchuria: An Imagined Space for Emancipation, Conflict, and Reconciliation Sunyoung Park 16. Comfort Women Controversy and Its Implications for Japan-ROK Reconciliation Yangmo Ku 17. Korea-Japan Reconciliation and the Dokdo (Takeshima) Issue Seokwoo Lee and Hee Eun Lee 18. Transitional Justice, Reconciliation and Political Archivization: A Comparative Study of Commemoration in South Korea and Japan of the Jeju April 3 incident Sungman Koh 19. The Reparation Movement: Lingering Legacies of DPRK-Japan Collusion Tessa Morris-Suzuki 20. Semantic Approach for Inter-Korea Reconciliation: Reflection on Conceptual Division and Political Divergence Myoung-Kyu Park 21. Reuniting Families, Reframing the Korean War: Inter-Korean Reconciliation and Vernacular Memory Nan Kim Part III: East Asia’s Challenges of Reconciliation 22. The San Francisco Peace Treaty and the Regional Conflicts: The Cold War Legacies Kimie Hara 23. Japanese Perceptions of Territorial Disputes and Its Implications for Reconciliation Mikyoung Kim 24. East Asia and Cosmopolitan Memory Hiro Saito 25. Divided Memories and Historical Reconciliation in East Asia Gi-Wook Shin 26. Historical Memory and Reconciliation in China’s Relations with Its Neighbors Xiaoming Zhang Conclusion
Mikyoung Kim is visiting research professor at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, USA.