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Embattled Memories: Contested Meanings in Korean War Memorials

Suhi Choi
Format
Book
Published
Reno, Nevada : University of Nevada Press, [2014]
Language
English
Variant Title
Contested meanings in Korean War memorials
ISBN
9780874179361, 087417936X, 9780874179378 (e-book), 0874179378 (e-book)
Summary
"The Korean War has been called the "forgotten war, " not as studied as World War II or Vietnam. Choi examines the collective memory of the Korean War through five discrete memory sites in the United States and South Korea, including the PBS documentary Battle for Korea, the Korean War Memorial in Salt Lake City, and the statue of General Douglas MacArthur in Incheon, South Korea. She contends that these sites are not static; rather, they are active places where countermemories of the war clash with the official state-sanctioned remembrance. Through lively and compelling analysis of these memory sites, which include two differing accounts of the No Gun Ri massacre\--contemporaneous journalism and oral histories by survivors\--Choi shows diverse narratives of the Korean War competing for dominance in acts of remembering. Embattled Memories is an important interdisciplinary work in two fields, memory studies and public history, from an understudied perspective, that of witnesses to the Korean War "--
Contents
  • Introduction: The Korean War memories in its 50th anniversary
  • "Silencing" memories : why are we again forgetting the No Gun Ri story?
  • "Scripting" memories : female survivors' witnessing the No Gun Ri killings
  • "Sanitizing" menories : archival images in the PBS documentary "Battle for Korea"
  • "Mythologizing" memories : a critique of the Utah Korean War Memorial
  • "Shattering" memories : the statue of MacArthur in South Korea
  • Epilogue.
Description
xiv, 150 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-142) and index.
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