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Yen Le Espiritu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520277700

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520277700.001.0001

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Refugee Postmemories: The “Generation After”

Refugee Postmemories: The “Generation After”

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Yến Lê Espiritu

University of California Press

This chapter analyzes the experiences of the post-1975 generation: the young Vietnamese who were born in Vietnam or in the United States after the official end of the Vietnam War. It investigates how young Vietnamese Americans, born and/or raised in the United States, create “memories” of a war that preceded their births or their consciousness, and how these memories are mediated by their parents’ direct experiences with and recollections of the war, by the politics of war commemoration practiced in the home, and by both Vietnam and the United States. Of interest in this chapter are the silences that prevail within refugee families and that arbitrate interpersonal relations, particularly their capacity to index structures of power, violence, and identity.

Keywords:   post-1975 generation, Vietnamese Americans, refugee families, war memories, war commemoration, interpersonal relations, young Vietnamese

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