Resentment and Shame

Quelle:  The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus
Volume 15 | Issue 1 | Number 5 | Jan 2017

The Heritage of Resentment and Shame in Postwar Japan

Jung-Sun Han

Abstract

"This paper focuses on civic activities to conserve underground sites that reveal the dark heritage of wartime forced labor in Japan. At times collaborating and at other times competing with others, various local groups seek to bring these shameful heritages to the center of the Japanese memory-scape. In doing so, these movements challenge Japan’s homogenizing national war memories and carve out a democratic public sphere to renegotiate understanding of the war heritage. ...."


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