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After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai

Heonik Kwon

Abstract

Though a generation has passed since the massacre of civilians at My Lai, the legacy of this tragedy continues to reverberate throughout Vietnam and the rest of the world. This engrossing study considers how Vietnamese villagers in My Lai and Ha My—a village where South Korean troops committed an equally appalling, though less well-known, massacre of unarmed civilians—assimilate the catastrophe of these mass deaths into their everyday ritual life. Based on a detailed study of local history and moral practices, this book focuses on the particular context of domestic life in which the Vietnamese ... More

Keywords: My Lai, massacre, Vietnam, Ha My, South Korea, moral practices, domestic life, ritual actions, mass violence, symbolic transformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247963
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247963.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heonik Kwon, author