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Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refuge(es)

Yen Le Espiritu


This book examines how the Vietnam War has continued to serve as a stage for the shoring up of American imperialist adventure and for the (re)production of American and Vietnamese American identities. Focusing on the politics of war memory and commemoration, this book retheorizes the connections among history, memory, and power and refashions the fields of American studies, Asian American studies, and refugee studies not around the narratives of American exceptionalism, immigration, and transnationalism but around the crucial issues of war, race, and violence—and the history and memories that ... More

Keywords: Vietnam War, American identity, Vietnamese American identity, war memory, war commemoration, race, violence, Vietnamese refugees

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520277700
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520277700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yen Le Espiritu, author
University of California, San Diego