Postcolonial Grief - The Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas

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Jinah Kim explores the relationship of mourning to transpacific subjectivities, aesthetics, and decolonial politics since World War II. Kim argues that Asian diasporic subjectivity exists in relation to afterlives because the deaths of those killed by U.S

Kim shows how primarily U.S.-based Korean and Japanese diasporic writers, artists, and filmmakers negotiate the necropolitics of Asia and how their creative refusal to heal from imperial violence may generate transformative antiracist and decolonial politics. She contests prevalent interpretations of melancholia by engaging with Frantz Fanon's and Hisaye Yamamoto's decolonial writings; uncovering the noir genre's relationship to the U.S. war in Korea; discussing the emergence of silenced colonial histories during the 1992 Los Angeles riots; and analyzing the 1996 hostage takeover of the Japanese ambassador's home in Peru.

Kim highlights how the aesthetic and creative work of the Japanese and Korean diasporas offers new insights into twenty-first-century concerns surrounding the state's erasure of military violence and colonialism and the difficult work of remembering histories of war across the transpacific.

“Guided by a longue durée analysis of multiple settler colonialisms, Postcolonial Grief is a highly original, timely, and welcome project that takes seriously the transpacific turn in comparative ethnic studies, critical race studies, and Asian American studies. This provocative book will undoubtedly have a great impact on the ways that scholars view war, memory, grieving, and empire.” — Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, author of War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work

Auteur Jinah Kim
Uitgever Duke University Press
Taal Engels  
Jaar van uitgave 2019
Afmetingen 15,5 x 23,0 cm
Kenmerken Softback, geen illustraties, 200 pagina's
ISBN 9781478002932