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After the MassacreCommemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai$
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Heonik Kwon

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247963

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247963.001.0001

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A Generation Afterward

A Generation Afterward

(p.60) CHAPTER 3 A Generation Afterward
After the Massacre

Heonik Kwon

University of California Press

In Vietnam, household death-commemoration rites are a rich store of historical evidence. The domestic ritual calendars in places like My Lai and Ha My offer a panoramic view of the fluctuating production of violent death in past generations. People gathered after the Ha My and My Lai wars to share their sorrow and joy, a generation after the war. The end of a generation of separation involved many people and opened up a new perspective on reality. Above all, it meant the restoration of the right to approach the life-world as an encompassing reality that includes afterlife as well as life. The Ha My villagers began to improve their domestic environment, and they started by renovating the dwelling places of their dead relatives. The modernization of village life was initiated in both cosmological terrains, and the vision of a prosperous future materialized first in the place of the dead.

Keywords:   death-commemoration, My Lai, Ha My, modernization, village life

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