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Hiroshima TracesTime, Space, and the Dialectics of Memory$
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Lisa Yoneyama

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520085862

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520085862.001.0001

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On Testimonial Practices

On Testimonial Practices

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(p.85) Chapter 3 On Testimonial Practices
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Hiroshima Traces
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Lisa Yoneyama

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520085862.003.0004

This chapter considers the institutional and discursive contexts within which the Hiroshima survivors' identities as hibakusha were rendered multiple and complex as they began to actively adopt identities as witnesses and storytellers. It explores how these categories encouraged survivors to recollect and narrate their experiences as something inextricably embedded in their entire life stories. The survivors often engage in their testimonial practices while accompanying pilgrims to Hiroshima on memorial tours.

Keywords:   Hiroshima survivors, hibakusha, witnesses, storytellers, testimonial practices, pilgrims, memorial tours

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