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.
The epilogue brings the book’s overarching discussions on historical justice to a close through a reflection on the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the lethal Cold War legacies of the “Atoms for Peace” campaign it embodies. The concluding analyses extend consideration of the illegibility of violence and unredressability in Asia and the Pacific to the different wars that America has fought since the midcentury. By clarifying the stakes of identifying linkages and connections among seemingly discrepant instances of past and ongoing violences, the epilogue suggests that while clearly conditioned by the problematic legacy of the Cold War regional order and global colonial constellations, the transborder culture of redress, and in particular its demands at the most contentious sites, has the potential to generate different notions of justice, publicity, and subjects that are less confined to existing parameters of knowledge.