S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Center for Social Sciences (사회과학연구원) Korean Social Sciences Review (KSSR) Korean Social Sciences Review (KSSR) Vol.03, No.01/02 (2013)
Politics of Memory and Commemoration of the Vietnam War in Korea
- Yoon, Chung Ro
- Issue Date
- Korean Social Sciences Review(KSSR), Vol.3 No.1, pp. 1-32
- Commemoration; Politics of Memory; Transitional Justice; Massacre of Civilians; Vietnam War; Meeting Place for Vietnam War Veterans; Korea-Vietnam Peace Park; Monument at Ha My village; Korea
- Translated from the article published in Society and History vol. 86, 2010, with
permission from the Korean Social History Association.
- This article centers around the three memorials of Korean participation in the Vietnam War.
It contains an in-depth study of the various methods used to reproduce memories about the
war, the conflicts surrounding the memorials and the characteristics of politics of memory.
The three memorials – the Korea-Vietnam Peace Park in Phu Yen as a counter memory
against the official memory, the monument donated by Korean veterans of the Vietnam
War in the village of Ha My, and the meeting place for Vietnam War veterans constructed
in Kangwŏn province as a symbol of official memory – do not only carry mere material and
spatial significance, but they also represent the ways in which the Korean society confronts
the memory and history of the Vietnam War. These memorials have acted as mirrors
reflecting the past and present Korea-Vietnam relations and as criteria to determine how
Korea should establish relations with Vietnam and the world based on the past history.