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Recombinant History: Transnational Practices of Memory and Knowledge Production in Contemporary Vietnam

Christina Schwenkel, "Cover image from 21(1) issue." February 2006.


Recent years have seen the diversification of knowledge, memory, and meaning at former battlefields and other social spaces that invoke the history of the “American War” in Vietnam. Popular icons of the war have been recycled, reproduced, and consumed in a rapidly growing international tourism industry. The commodification of sites, objects, and imaginaries associated with the war has engendered certain rearticulations of the past in the public sphere as the terrain of memory making becomes increasingly transnational. Diverse actors—including tourism authorities, returning U.S. veterans, international tourists, domestic visitors, and guides—engage in divergent practices of memory that complicate, expand, and often transcend dominant modes of historical representation in new and distinct ways.

About the Author

Christina Schwenkel is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Riverside.

Christina Schwenkel, ""Original" Zippo lighters for sale in Ho Chi Minh City." February 2006.

Christina Schwenkel, "Cu Chi tunnel demonstration. Ben Dinh." February 2006.

Christina Schwenkel, ""Folding chair" trap, Cu Chi Tunnels." February 2006.

Christina Schwenkel, "Former Republic of Vietnam martyr cemetery at Bien Hoa." February 2006.

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