Northeast Asia’s Difficult Past

Essays in Collective Memory

  • Mikyoung Kim
  • Barry Schwartz

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Northeast Asia’s Memory Problem

    1. Barry Schwartz, Mikyoung Kim
      Pages 1-27
  3. Japan Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Mikyoung Kim
      Pages 53-70
    3. Kazuya Fukuoka, Barry Schwartz
      Pages 71-97
  4. China Studies

  5. Korea Studies

  6. Epilogue: Caught between Contentions and Dialogues: Historical Memories in Northeast Asia

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-276

About this book


The problem of memory in China, Japan and Korea involves a surfeit rather than a deficit of memory, and the consequence of this excess is negative: unforgettable traumas prevent nations from coming to terms with the problems of the present. These compelling essays enrich Western scholarship by applying to it insights derived from Asian settings.


China identity Japan Korea new media revolution society World War II

Editors and affiliations

  • Mikyoung Kim
    • 1
  • Barry Schwartz
    • 2
  1. 1.Hiroshima City University—Hiroshima Peace InstituteJapan
  2. 2.University of GeorgiaUSA

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