Journal of Asian American Studies

Journal of Asian American Studies
Volume 6, Number 1, February 2003
Guest Editor: Kandice Chuh


Contents

Articles

    Chuh, Kandice, 1968-
  • Discomforting Knowledge: Or, Korean "Comfort Women" and Asian Americanist Critical Practice
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    Subject Headings:
    • Keller, Nora Okja. Comfort woman.
    • Lee, Chang-rae. Gesture life.
    • Comfort women in literature.
    • American literature -- Asian American authors -- History and criticism.
    Abstract:
      To think through some of the issues attending to Asian Americanist objectification of "comfort women," Chuh examines the uses to which certain novels - namely, Nora Okja Keller's Comfort Woman and Chang-rae Lee's A Gesture Life - put the "comfort woman." Through this consideration, she works toward making some broader claims about the ways and means of critical practice in Asian Americanist discourse. What can particular narrativizations of "comfort women," like those offered by Lee and Keller, tell us about the contours and objectives of our critical practices? What kind of work can and does the production of knowledge focused around "comfort women" in Asian American studies do, in terms of facilitating a particular kind of politics — or, even more pointedly, in terms of facilitating justice? Chuh suggests that by interrogating Lee's and Keller's respective novelistic uses of "comfort women," we gain critical insight into the thematicization of these figures in Asian American studies.
    Kang, Hyun Yi, 1967-
  • Conjuring "Comfort Women": Mediated Affiliations and Disciplined Subjects in Korean/American Transnationality
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    Subject Headings:
    • Comfort women -- Korea.
    • Korean Americans.
    Abstract:
      The matter of Korean "comfort women" poses multiple problems — of nomination, of identification, of representation, and of knowledge-production. This essay considers the possible implications of the various efforts by Korean/Americans to recall and represent Korean "comfort women" in literature, film/video, visual arts, and scholarship. Rather than attributing a shared ethnic and/or gender identity as the secure origin or compelling cause of their representational impulse, it argues that these efforts dispel the wishful trajectory in which a more intimate identification with the Korean "comfort women" leads to better representations of the "comfort women," which in turn secures greater justice for these women.
    Yoneyama, Lisa, 1959-
  • Traveling Memories, Contagious Justice: Americanization of Japanese War Crimes at the End of the Post-Cold War
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    Subject Headings:
    • War criminals -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Asia.
    • Nationalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      This article examines the multi-faceted implications of legislative and other developments in the United States concerning efforts to redress Japan's wartime military sex slavery and other war crimes. Yoneyama explores the not-so-uniform ways in which Asian/Americans become mobilized into such redress efforts within the Unite States public sphere. On the one hand, Asian/American involvement in redress may secure their nationalized status, by allowing them to serve as an alibi to underwrite what Yoneyama calls the American myth of "liberation and rehabilitation." On the other hand, the same process may illuminate the long history of United States imperialism and violence, thereby producing new subjects and publicity that rally around the transnational, anti-racist, anti-colonial notions of history and justice.

Review Essay

    Pham, Vu.
  • "Signs of Maturation: Directions in Vietnamese American Studies"
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    Subject Headings:
    • McKelvey, Robert S. Gift of barbed wire: America's allies abandoned in South Vietnam.
    • Nguyên, Cao Ky. Buddha's child: my fight to save Vietnam.
    • Wolf, Marvin J.
    • Nguyen, Kien. Unwanted: a memoir.
    • Political prisoners -- Vietnam.
    • Nguyên, Cao Ky.

Reviews

    Ku, Robert Ji-Song.
  • Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nguyen, Viet Thanh, 1971- Race and resistance: literature and politics in Asian America.
    • American literature -- Asian American authors -- History and criticism.
    Lai, James S. (James Siu-Fong), 1968-
  • Contemporary Asian American Communities: Intersections and Divergences (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Vo, Linda Trinh, 1964-, ed. Contemporary Asian American communities: intersections and divergences.
    • Bonus, Rick, 1962-, ed.
    • Asian Americans -- Social conditions.
    Oda, Alan Y.
  • A Postmodern Psychology of Asian Americans: Creating Knowledge of a Racial Minority (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Uba, Laura. Postmodern psychology of Asian Americans: creating knowledge of a racial minority.
    • Asian Americans -- Psychology.
    Suh, Seung Hye.
  • Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Yuh, Ji-Yeon. Beyond the shadow of Camptown: Korean military brides in America.
    • Korean American women -- Social conditions -- 20th century.



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