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Chapter 1 examines how Korean War–era photographs of war orphans come to frame contemporary memory making of the war as the photographs are remediated in contemporary Korean War commemorative events. The narrative of victimhood became a common literary and visual rhetorical device in the decades following the Korean War, and its symbolism continues to dictate popular Korean War imagery. Using examples from American and British archives, the chapter problematizes the remembering of the Korean War through war orphan imagery in its infantilization of Korea as an entity that demands regrowth and remasculinization through a patriarchal ideology shaped by transnational militarism. The concept of “catachrony” is presented as a historico-theoretical framework for mapping the transtemporal and transnational affect of the orphan images in the Korean diaspora and as revealing the neoliberal temporality of reparation and reconciliation, illuminating the violence inherent in the production of Cold War temporality.

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