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More than forty years have passed since the official end of the Vietnam War, yet the war’s legacies endure. Its history and iconography still provide fodder for film and fiction, communities of war refugees have spawned a wide Vietnamese diaspora, and the United States military remains embroiled in unwinnable wars with eerie echoes of Vietnam. Looking Back on the Vietnam War brings together scholars from a broad variety of disciplines, who offer fresh insights on the war’s psychological, economic, artistic, political, and environmental impacts. Each essay examines a different facet of the war, from its representation in Marvel comic books to the experiences of Vietnamese soldiers exposed to Agent Orange. By putting these pieces together, the contributors assemble an expansive yet nuanced composite portrait of the war and its global legacies. Though they come from diverse scholarly backgrounds, ranging from anthropology to film studies, the contributors are united in their commitment to original research. Whether exploring rare archives or engaging in extensive interviews, they voice perspectives that have been excluded from standard historical accounts. Looking Back on the Vietnam War thus embarks on an interdisciplinary and international investigation to discover what we remember about the war, how we remember it, and why.

Table of Contents

  1. Half title, Series page, Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Note on the Text
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Looking Back on the Vietnam War
  2. Brenda M. Boyle, Jeehyun Lim
  3. pp. 1-17
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  1. 1. Vietnamese Refugees and Internet Memorials: When Does War End and Who Gets to Decide?
  2. Yên Lê Espiritu
  3. pp. 18-33
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  1. 2. Broken, but Not Forsaken: Disabled South Vietnamese Veterans in Vietnam and the Vietnamese Diaspora
  2. Quan Tue Tran
  3. pp. 34-49
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  1. 3. What Is Vietnamese American Literature?
  2. Viet Thanh Nguyen
  3. pp. 50-63
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  1. 4. Viêt Nam and the Diaspora: Absence, Presence, and the Archive
  2. Lan Duong
  3. pp. 64-78
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  1. 5. Liberal Humanitarianism and Post–Cold War Cultural Politics: The Case of Le Ly Hayslip
  2. Jeehyun Lim
  3. pp. 79-93
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  1. 6. Ann Hui’s Boat People: Documenting Vietnamese Refugees in Hong Kong
  2. Vinh Nguyen
  3. pp. 94-109
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  1. 7. “The Deep Black Hole”: Vietnam in the Memories of Australian Veterans and Refugees
  2. Robert Mason, Leonie Jones
  3. pp. 110-125
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  1. 8. Missing Bodies and Homecoming Spirits
  2. Heonik Kwon
  3. pp. 126-139
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  1. 9. Agent Orange: Toxic Chemical, Narrative of Suffering, Metaphor for War
  2. Diane Niblack Fox
  3. pp. 140-155
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  1. 10. Re-seeing Cambodia and Recollecting The ’Nam: A Vertiginous Critique of the Military Sublime
  2. Cathy J. Schlund-Vials
  3. pp. 156-174
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  1. 11. Naturalizing War: The Stories We Tell about the Vietnam War
  2. Brenda M. Boyle
  3. pp. 175-192
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  1. Appendix A. Archives
  2. pp. 193-194
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  1. Appendix B: Publications since 2000
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 201-202
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 203-204
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813579962
Related ISBN
9780813579931
MARC Record
OCLC
926623487
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2016-05-22
Language
English
Open Access
No
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