• Memorializing Pearl Harbor: Unfinished Histories and the Work of Remembrance

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  • Acknowledgments  vii

    Introduction. Memorializing History  1

    1. Survivor Voices  35

    2. Cultures of Commemoration  77

    3. Memorial Film: Envisioning Race and Nation  129

    4. Theming America at War  161

    5. Making a New Museum  201

    6. Pedagogy, Patriotism, and Paranoia  245

    Conclusion. History's Future  265

    Appendix 1. Pearl Harbor Bombing Statistics (December 7, 1941)  285

    Appendix 2. Chronology of Hawaiian Political History, Postcontact  287

    Appendix 3. Chronology of Internment of Japanese Americans and Japanese Residents  289

    Appendix 4. Very Brief Filmography of Pearl Harbor Official and Feature Films  291

    Notes  293

    References  307

    Index  319
  • "This well-researched, provocative study, written for specialists rather than general readers, will be of considerable interest to students of ethnography, public history, and museum studies. Highly recommended."

    "[An] insightful new book. . . . White is the ideal writer for such an undertaking."

    "Geoffrey M. White has written a book that goes far beyond the events and commemoration of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the opening salvo that determined the US entry into World War II. White’s book addresses some of the most vital questions of remembering the past with a prose that is engaging, accessible, always pregnant with possibilities for new insights and with wide-ranging applications."

    "Geoffrey M. White’s study of memorial practices at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, makes a significant and unique contribution to the study of commemorating the past."

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  • "This well-researched, provocative study, written for specialists rather than general readers, will be of considerable interest to students of ethnography, public history, and museum studies. Highly recommended."

    "[An] insightful new book. . . . White is the ideal writer for such an undertaking."

    "Geoffrey M. White has written a book that goes far beyond the events and commemoration of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the opening salvo that determined the US entry into World War II. White’s book addresses some of the most vital questions of remembering the past with a prose that is engaging, accessible, always pregnant with possibilities for new insights and with wide-ranging applications."

    "Geoffrey M. White’s study of memorial practices at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, makes a significant and unique contribution to the study of commemorating the past."

  • "As an ethnographer and historian, Geoffrey M. White is both a participant in the changing memory practices at Pearl Harbor and a keen analyst of them. Here he brings together his long involvement with the site, a deep reading of the theoretical issues related to war and memorialization, and lucid prose to produce a compelling book that reveals how the site at Pearl Harbor involves an ongoing and dynamic process of memory making." — Emily S. Rosenberg, author of, A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory

    "With engaging prose, theoretical sophistication, and rich observation, Geoffrey M. White advances a new understanding of public commemoration as deeply affective work for those whose voices are remembered, forgotten, or excluded. Memorializing Pearl Harbor fills a huge lacuna in the study of contemporary American memory and breaks new ground in its ethnographic depth and historical breadth by bringing a range of sites of memory production into one comprehensive account. It is a tour de force." — Christina Schwenkel, author of, The American War in Contemporary Vietnam: Transnational Remembrance and Representation

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    Memorializing Pearl Harbor examines the challenge of representing history at the site of the attack that brought America into World War II. Analyzing moments in which history is re-presented—in commemorative events, documentary films, museum design, and educational programming—Geoffrey M. White shows that the memorial to the Pearl Harbor bombing is not a fixed or singular institution. Rather, it has become a site in which many histories are performed, validated, and challenged. In addition to valorizing military service and sacrifice, the memorial has become a place where Japanese veterans have come to seek recognition and reconciliation, where Japanese Americans have sought to correct narratives of racial mistrust, and where Native Hawaiians have challenged their ongoing erasure from their own land. Drawing on extended ethnographic fieldwork, White maps these struggles onto larger controversies about public history, museum practices, and national memory.

    About The Author(s)

    Geoffrey M. White is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i. He is the coeditor of Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific War(s), also published by Duke University Press, and author of Identity through History: Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society.
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