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War, Genocide, and JusticeCambodian American Memory Work$
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Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670963

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670963.001.0001

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Atrocity Tourism

Atrocity Tourism

Politicized Remembrance and Reparative Memorialization

(p.27) Chapter 1 Atrocity Tourism
War, Genocide, and Justice

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter begins with a description of Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Center for Genocide Crimes. Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek reproduce master narratives of Vietnamese liberation. Both sites, which were rehabilitated and curated during the early years of the Vietnamese-ruled People’s Republic of Kampuchea, continue to engage a memory politics that obscures and makes unfeasible collective commemoration and diasporic reconciliation. The chapter addresses the problem of atrocity tourism, wherein former Khmer Rouge sites have since become popular destination points for a profitable, foreign-driven economy.

Keywords:   Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek Center for Genocide Crimes, Vietnamese liberation, memory politics, atrocity tourism, Khmer Rouge sites

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