Project

Fighting the Memory War in China and Beyond: A Transnational History of Remembering "Comfort Women"

Program

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Early Career Fellowships

Department

History

Named Award

Flexible named award

Abstract

Through a nuanced analysis of a variety of sources from museums and memorials, "Fighting the Memory War in China and Beyond" analyzes the politics of commemorating and representing "comfort women" in China and across the Asia-Pacific. While most studies on this issue are confined to the contexts of particular nation-states, this manuscript unveils that seemingly localized historical narratives of "comfort women" are produced through dynamic negotiations between domestic politics and the transnational circulation of ideas. Challenging the methodological nationalism that characterizes existing studies, the book illuminates how China’s "comfort women" memory boom is constituted by larger political and social processes across the Asia-Pacific.