Ghostly remains and converging memories: Yūshūkan and the Australian War Memorial exhibit the Pacific War

Allen, Matthew (2015) Ghostly remains and converging memories: Yūshūkan and the Australian War Memorial exhibit the Pacific War. Asian Studies Review, 39 (3). pp. 430-466.

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Abstract

Focusing on the Yūshūkan museum in Tokyo, and the Australian War Memorial Museum in Canberra, this article engages how pain and sacrifice in the Pacific War are represented through the characters of kamikaze and prisoners of war respectively. Despite the inimical historical, political and moral orientations, these institutions' presentations of memory of war display some interesting overlaps. After establishing that historical, cultural and political contexts are significant in assessing how and why pain and sacrifice in the war are engaged by each institution, I examine the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney in 1942, which effectively bridges both institutions. By assessing the emotive nature of the exhibitions it becomes apparent that while the framing of this single act of violence is culturally esoteric, themes of bravery, heroism, loyalty and sacrifice cross cultures.

Item ID: 39289
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-8403
Keywords: memory, war, museums, Japan, Australia, kamikaze, POWs, Yūshūkan, Australian War Memorial
Funders: Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 23:26
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History @ 25%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation @ 25%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210204 Museum Studies @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950303 Conserving Collections and Movable Cultural Heritage @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 50%
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