After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My by Heonik Kwon,Drew Faust

By Heonik Kwon,Drew Faust

although a iteration has handed because the bloodbath of civilians at My Lai, the legacy of this tragedy keeps to reverberate all through Vietnam and the remainder of the realm. This engrossing learn considers how Vietnamese villagers in My Lai and Ha My—a village the place South Korean troops devoted an both appalling, notwithstanding much less famous, bloodbath of unarmed civilians—assimilate the disaster of those mass deaths into their daily ritual life.

Based on an in depth learn of neighborhood background and ethical practices, After the bloodbath focuses at the specific context of household lifestyles during which the Vietnamese villagers engage with their ancestors on one hand and the ghosts of tragic dying at the different. Heonik Kwon explains what intimate ritual activities can let us know concerning the historical past of mass violence and the worldwide bipolar politics that triggered it. He highlights the aesthetics of Vietnamese commemorative rituals and the morality in their useful activities to disencumber the spirits from their grievous background of dying. the writer brings those vital practices right into a severe discussion with dominant sociological theories of dying and symbolic transformation.

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