1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Trauma in East Asia

Edited By Tina Burrett, Jeff Kingston Copyright 2023
    446 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook explores trauma in East Asia from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, assessing how victims, perpetrators and societies have responded to such experiences and to what extent the legacies still resonate today.

    Mapping the trauma-scape of East Asia from an interdisciplinary perspective, including anthropologists, historians, film and literary critics, scholars of law, media and education, political scientists and sociologists, this book significantly enhances understandings of the region’s traumatic pasts and how those memories have since been suppressed, exhumed, represented and disputed. In Asia’s contested memory-scape there is much at stake for perpetrators, their victims and heirs to their respective traumas. The scholarly research in this volume examines the silencing and distortion of traumatic pasts and sustained efforts to interrogate denial and impunity in the search for accountability.

    Addressing collective traumas from across East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam), this book is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Trauma and Memory Studies, Asian Studies and Contemporary Asian History more broadly.

    1. Contesting and Commemorating Trauma in East Asia: An Introduction

    Tina Burrett

    Part 1: Japan

    2. Surviving A World Destroyed: Existential Trauma in Hibakusha Experience

    M. G Sheftall

    3. Japanese Progressives, Asia, and Posttraumatic Growth

    Simon Avenell

    4. Trauma, Reconciliation, Social Justice and Artistic Commentary: Tomiyama Taeko’s Strategies for Repair Through Her Visual Art

    Laura Hein

    5. Unwriting the Wrongs: History, Trauma and Memories of Violence in Germany and Japan

    Tessa Morris-Suzuki

    6. The West and the Dissemination of Japanese Historical Revisionism

    Karoline Postel-Vinay

    7. Overcoming Trauma at Chidorigafuchi: Japan’s ‘National Cemetery’ and the Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War

    Sven Saaler and Collin Rusneac

    8. Telling Stories of War Trauma: Japan’s Popular Manga

    Akiko Hashimoto

    9. Back to the Future: Contested Wartime Trauma in Japanese Popular Culture

    David McNeill

    10. Shared Complicity in War Crimes in Japanese Detention Camps, 1941-1945

    Sandra Wilson

    11. Trauma in Japan’s Hope

    David Leheny

    12. Okinawa: The Trauma of Betrayal

    Alexis Dudden and Jeff Kingston

    13. Ignoring the History of Foreign Forced Labour at Japan’s ‘Sites of the Meiji Industrial Revolution’

    David Palmer

    14. Memories and Displays of Japan’s Early Industrialisation through the Production of Silk: Tomioka Silk Mill, Nomugi Pass and WWII Propaganda

    Tets Kimura

    15. Fukushima’s Traumatic Legacies

    Jeff Kingston

    Part 2: China/Hong Kong

    16. Hong Kong as Pillar of Shame: Trauma Foretold, Suppressed and Compounded

    Louisa Lim

    17. The Nazi Holocaust in a Chinese Mirror: Shanghai’s Jewish Refugees Museum

    Edward Vickers

    18. Memory and Mythmaking: World War II in Chinese Cinema

    Mike Fu

    19. Martyrs, Military Heroes and Massacre Victims: The Complex Memorial Terrain of Lushun, 1894-present

    Christian A. Hess

    20. Narrating Trauma: Memories of the Atrocities Under the Japanese Occupation of Sanzao Island

    Peipei Qiu

    21. Trauma, Artificial Intelligence, and Capitalism in Hao Jingfang

    Ban Wang

    Part 3: Taiwan

    22. Contested Memory in Taiwan’s Jing-Mei White Terror Park

    Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang

    23. Transitional Justice in Taiwan: Truth and Reconciliation in a Contested State

    Ian Rowen and Jamie Rowen

    24. Representing Taiwan’s White Terror in Pop Culture

    Brian Hioe

    Part 4: South Korea

    25. Contesting Trauma in Court: Korean Historical Claims and their Radiating Effects

    Celeste L. Arrington

    26. Commemorative Witness: ‘Gwangju in 1980’ and Unresolved Transitional Justice in Twenty-First Century South Korea

    Nan Kim

    27. The Politics of Forgetting: Unmaking Memories and Reacting to Memory-Place-Making

    HaeRan Shin and Yerin Jin

    28. Cultural Trauma and the Cheju Massacre in Transnational Perspective

    Kim Seong Nae

    29. Commemorating and Contesting Gender-Based Violence in Korea

    Sandra Fahy

    Part 5: Wider East Asia

    30. Putin, Politics and Propagandising Memories of WWII in Russia’s Far East

    Tina Burrett

    31. Trauma – Prolonged and Accumulative: The Impact of Singapore Detention without Trial from the 1948 Malayan Emergency

    Ariel Yin Yee Yap

    32. East Asia’s Vietnam: Trauma Returns and the Sub-Empire of Memory

    Long T. Bui

    33. Wounds to the Soul: A View from Vietnam

    Heonik Kwon


    Tina Burrett is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Japan. She is the co-editor of Japan in the Heisei Era 1989–2019 (Routledge, 2022) and Press Freedom in Contemporary Asia (Routledge, 2019) and the author of Television and Presidential Power in Putin’s Russia (Routledge, 2011).

    Jeff Kingston is Professor of History at Temple University, Japan. He is the author and editor of a dozen books on contemporary Japan and Asia, including Japan’s Quiet Transformation (2004), Contemporary Japan (2011), Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan (2014) and Japan in the Heisei Era 1989–2019 (Routledge, 2022).