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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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“The Endings That Are Not Over”

“The Endings That Are Not Over”

(p.171) 7 “The Endings That Are Not Over”
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Yến Lê Espiritu

University of California Press

This chapter emphasizes the war’s irreconcilability and ongoingness, insisting that we pay attention to the living effects of what seems to be over and done with. It reflects on the insights drawn from previous chapters in arguing the war’s persistence despite observations and contestations to the contrary, as evidenced by the multidisciplinary research exercised in this book. Engaging in war and refugee studies, the chapter contends, is a way of listening to “fragmentary testimonies, to barely distinguishable testimonies, to testimonies that never reach us”—that is, to write ghost stories. As tellers of ghost stories, it is imperative that we always look for the “something more” in order to see and bring into being what is usually neglected or made invisible or thought by most to be dead and gone.

Keywords:   living effects, ghosts, ghost stories, irreconcilability, ongoingness, refugee studies, war studies

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