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Routledge Handbook of Trauma in East Asia

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ISBN 9781032274218
April 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
488 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook explores trauma in East Asia from the 19th to the 21st 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.

Table of Contents

1. Contesting and Commemorating Trauma in East Asia: An Introduction  Part 1: Japan  2. Surviving A World Destroyed: Existential Trauma in Hibakusha Experience  3. Japanese Progressives, Asia and Posttraumatic Growth  4. Trauma, Reconciliation, Social Justice and Artistic Commentary: Tomiyama Taeko’s Strategies for Repair Through Her Visual Art  5. Unwriting the Wrongs: History, Trauma and Memories of Violence in Germany and Japan  6. The West and the Dissemination of Japanese Historical Revisionism  7. Overcoming Trauma at Chidorigafuchi: Japan’s ‘National Cemetery’ and the Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War  8. Telling Stories of War Trauma: Japan’s Popular Manga  9. Back to the Future: Contested Wartime Trauma in Japanese Popular Culture  10. Shared Complicity in War Crimes in Japanese Detention Camps 1941-1945  11. Trauma in Japan’s Hope  12. Okinawa: The Trauma of Betrayal  13. Ignoring the history of foreign forced labour at Japan’s ‘Sites of the Meiji Industrial Revolution’  14. Memories and Displays of Japan’s Early Industrialisation through the Production of Silk: Tomioka Silk Mill, Nomugi Pass and WWII Propaganda  15. Fukushima’s Traumatic Legacies  Part 2: China/Hong Kong  16. Hong Kong as Pillar of Shame: Trauma Foretold, Suppressed and Compounded  17. The Nazi Holocaust in a Chinese Mirror: Shanghai’s Jewish Refugees Museum  18. Memory and Mythmaking: World War II in Chinese Cinema  19. Martyrs, Military Heroes and Massacre Victims: The Complex Memorial Terrain of Lushun, 1894-present  20. Narrating Trauma: Memories of the Atrocities Under the Japanese Occupation of Sanzao Island  21. Trauma, Artificial Intelligence and Capitalism in Hao Jingfang  Part 3: Taiwan  22. Contested Memory in Taiwan’s Jing-Mei White Terror Park  23. Transitional Justice in Taiwan: Truth and Reconciliation in a Contested State  24. Representing Taiwan’s White Terror in Pop Culture  Part 4: South Korea  25. Contesting Trauma in Court: Korean Historical Claims and their Radiating Effects  26. Commemorative Witness: ‘Gwangju in 1980’ and Unresolved Transitional Justice in 21st Century South Korea Nan Kim  27. The politics of forgetting: Unmaking memories and reacting to memory-place-making  28. Cultural Trauma and the Cheju Massacre in Transnational Perspective  29. Commemorating and Contesting Gender-Based Violence in Korea  Part 5: Wider East Asia  30. Putin, Politics and Propagandizing Memories of WW2 in Russia’s Far East  31. Trauma – Prolonged and Accumulative: The impact of Singapore detention without trial from the 1948 Malayan Emergency  32. East Asia’s Vietnam: Postwar Trauma and the Sub-empire of Memory  33. Wounds to the Soul: A View from Vietnam

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Tina Burrett is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Japan. Jeff Kingston is Director of Asian Studies and Professor of History at Temple University Japan.