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America’s Wars in Asia: A Cultural Approach to History and Memory

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America’s Wars in Asia is a complex human reflection of the American war experiences in Asia since 1941. As its subtitle proclaims, it is a collection that focuses on cultural dimensions of these wars. The editors, fully aware of the difficulty of objectively reviewing the fresh memory of the human enmity and of the need to balance an overall view of the wars, aimed to avoid arbitration and show the complexity and diversity in the memory of the wars. The introduction categorizes the seventeen collected articles into five cultural approaches to these wars: analysis of cultural artifacts or productions; relocation of these wars in the histories and cultures of the Asian countries rather than in their relations with the United States; reaffirmation of the value in memory; meditation upon symbolic representations; and concerns with the local and the particular.