Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes
Lisa Yoneyama is Professor of East Asian Studies and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, the coeditor of Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific War(s), also published by Duke University Press, and the author of Hiroshima Traces: Time, Space, and the Dialectics of Memory.
Contagious Justice: Asian/America
Since the turn of the new century, Asian Americans have increasingly involved themselves in U.S. legislative and juridical redress cases to bring justice to the Asian victims of Japanese imperial violence (e.g., House Resolution 121). This chapter examines Asian/American engagements in the transborder redress culture to consider the new meanings they confer on questions of unredressability. While Asian America as a Cold War formation cannot escape shoring up the Cold War narrative of American justice, rescue, and liberation, the genealogy of Asian/American historical memories necessarily reveals the entangled histories of colonialism and the American imperial presence in Asia. The chapter illuminates the contradictory cultural effects of Asian American involvements on the discourse on American justice, militarism, race, and nationalism. The chapter traces these indelible Cold War imprints on U.S. domestic cultural politics and the way the Asia-Pacific War is remembered.