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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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Remembering the Forgetting

Remembering the Forgetting

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(p.181) Epilogue Remembering the Forgetting
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War, Genocide, and Justice
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Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670963.003.0006

This chapter presents a reading of writer, poet, and performer Anida Yoeu Ali’s epic poem “Visiting Loss” and installation piece “Palimpsest for Generation 1.5.” These two works reproduce a transnational refugee subjectivity formed in the interstices of U.S. foreign policy, Cambodian genocide, Cambodian American remembrance, and juridical activism. The chapter concludes that Cambodian American memories form the foundation for a multivalent archive constitutive of Cambodian history, Khmer/American culture, and U.S. racial politics. From memoir to documentary, from hip-hop to staged performance, Cambodian American cultural producers strategically access legible forms of testimony within the United States to generate both a literal and an imagined space of justice in Cambodia while living in the United States.

Keywords:   Anida Yoeu Ali, Visiting Loss, Palimpsest for Generation 1.5, transnational refugee subjectivity, Cambodian genocide, American remembrance, juridical activism, Cambodian history, Khmer/American culture

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