Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

8-2017

Abstract

This essay summarizes my argumentin The History Problem: The Politics of WarCommemoration in East Asia. The historyproblem is essentially a relational phenomenonthat arises when nations promote self-servingversions of the past by focusing on whathappened to their own citizens with littleregard for foreign others. East Asia, however,has recently also witnessed the emergence of acosmopolitan form of commemoration takinghumanity, rather than nationality, as itsprimary frame of reference. Whencosmopolitan commemoration is practiced as acollective endeavor by both perpetrators andvictims, a resolution of the history problem willfinally become possible.

Keywords

East Asia, memory, commemoration, history, Asia-Pacific War, nationalism, cosmopolitanism

Discipline

Asian Studies | Political Science

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

Volume

15

Issue

5

First Page

1

Last Page

7

Publisher

Japan Focus

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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https://apjjf.org/2017/15/Saito.html

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