Cold War Ruins by Lisa Yoneyama
Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes

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In Cold War Ruins Lisa Yoneyama argues that the efforts intensifying since the 1990s to bring justice to the victims of Japanese military and colonial violence have generated what she calls a "transborder redress culture." A product of failed post-World War II transitional justice that left many colonial legacies intact, this culture both contests and reiterates the complex transwar and transpacific entanglements that have sustained the Cold War unredressability and illegibility of certain violences. By linking justice to the effects of American geopolitical hegemony, and by deploying a conjunctive cultural critique—of "comfort women" redress efforts, state-sponsored apologies and amnesties, Asian American involvement in redress cases, the ongoing effects of the U.S. occupation of Japan and Okinawa, Japanese atrocities in China, and battles over WWII memories—Yoneyama helps illuminate how redress culture across Asia and the Pacific has the potential to bring powerful new and challenging perspectives on American exceptionalism, militarized security, justice, sovereignty, forgiveness, and decolonization.

About Lisa Yoneyama

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Lisa Yoneyama is Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies and Cultural Studies in the Department of Literature, University of California, San Diego.
Published July 15, 2016 by Duke University Press Books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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In her third single-authored book, Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes, Lisa Yoneyama breaks with this narrative by looking at how Cold War formations and postcolonial attitudes under the cloak of Western liberalism continue to shape a justice project...

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