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Christina Schwenkel's absorbing study explores how the "American War" is remembered and commemorated in Vietnam today -- in official and unofficial histories and in everyday life. Schwenkel analyzes visual representations found in monuments and martyrs' cemeteries, museums, photography and art exhibits, battlefield tours, and related sites of "trauma tourism." In these transnational spaces, American and Vietnamese memories of the war intersect in ways profoundly shaped by global economic liberalization and the return of American citizens as tourists, pilgrims, and philanthropists.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Note on Use of Diacritics
  2. p. xi
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction: Remembering (in) Vietnam
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. PART 1. RECONCILIATORY PROJECTS
  2. p. 23
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  1. 1. Return to Vietnam: Redemption, Reconciliation, and Salvation
  2. pp. 25-49
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  1. 2. Exhibiting War, Reconciling Pasts: Photojournalism and Divergent Visual Histories
  2. pp. 50-76
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  1. PART 2. MEMORIAL LANDSCAPES
  2. p. 77
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  1. 3. Commodified Memories and Embodied Experiences of War
  2. pp. 79-101
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  1. 4. Monumentalizing War: Toward a New Aesthetics of Memory
  2. pp. 102-142
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  1. PART 3. INCOMMENSURABLE PASTS
  2. p. 143
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  1. 5. Contested Truths: Museums and Regimes of Representation and Objectivity
  2. pp. 145-175
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  1. 6. Tortured Bodies and the Neoliberal Politics of Historical Unaccountability
  2. pp. 176-198
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  1. Conclusion: Empires of Memory and Knowledge Production
  2. pp. 199-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-226
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 227-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-264
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