Right to mourn : trauma, empathy, and Korean War memorials / Suhi Choi
- Choi, Suhi, 1971-
- New York, New York : Oxford University Press, 
- Physical Description:
- x, 170 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- Suppressed mourners of the Korean War -- The Jeju April 3 Peace Park : an uncanny site of empathy -- Gurye : a muted site of remembering the Yosun killings -- Reenacting survivors' bodies in the No Gun Ri Peace Park.
- "The book Right to Mourn illustrates how suppressed trauma is manifested at the transient interactions among bodies, objects, and rituals in the sites of Korean War memorials. In a highly politicized memory space, many bereaved families of the Korean War have long been deprived of their rights to mourn the loss of their loved ones. These suppressed mourners are comprised mainly of survivors and victims' families of the atrocities committed by the U.S.-allied South Korean forces before and during the Korean War. The book explores dialectic roles that memorial sites can play in communicating suppressed trauma: can a memorial facilitate empathic mourning in which trauma possibly could be transmitted -- as incomprehensible, incommunicable, and inaccessible as it is? To further explore such a query, the book critically introduces the specific sites of Korean War memorials in South Korea that were recently built to commemorate the atrocities of the U.S.-allied South Korean forces. These include the Jeju April 3 Peace Park, the Memorial for the Gurye Victims of Yŏsun Killings, and the No Gun Ri Peace Park. Unpacking these nascent sites of the Korean War, the book provokes readers to look at the nearly seven-decade old war within the most updated context of the acts of mourning."--
- 9780190855246 (hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
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