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By Heonik Kwon,Drew Faust

although a new release has handed because the bloodbath of civilians at My Lai, the legacy of this tragedy keeps to reverberate all through Vietnam and the remainder of the area. This engrossing examine considers how Vietnamese villagers in My Lai and Ha My—a village the place South Korean troops dedicated an both appalling, even though much less famous, bloodbath of unarmed civilians—assimilate the disaster of those mass deaths into their daily ritual life.

Based on a close examine of neighborhood background and ethical practices, After the bloodbath focuses at the specific context of family existence during which the Vietnamese villagers have interaction with their ancestors on one hand and the ghosts of tragic demise at the different. Heonik Kwon explains what intimate ritual activities can let us know in regards to the background of mass violence and the worldwide bipolar politics that triggered it. He highlights the aesthetics of Vietnamese commemorative rituals and the morality in their functional activities to disencumber the spirits from their grievous historical past of loss of life. the writer brings those vital practices right into a serious discussion with dominant sociological theories of loss of life and symbolic transformation.

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