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Bridge across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory (review)

Bridge across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory (review) Reviews 527 Vera Schwarcz. Bridge across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1998. xiii, 232 pp. Hardcover $30.00, ISBN 0­300­06614­7. The central theme running through the highly personal series of essays in Bridge across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory is how and why to write history. Underlying Vera Schwarcz' comparison of how history and memory function in the Jewish and Chinese cultural traditions is a more fundamental comparison of history as sacral and of history as an academic discipline. Although examples are drawn from across both traditions, the focus of the book is on twentieth-century historical experience and the strategies each culture employs for speaking the unspeakable. For Jews, the dilemma is how to assimilate the Shoah into cultural memory in a way that bears witness to the past without turning it into a cliché or allowing terror to overshadow hope for the present and future. The Chinese experiences of the twentieth century are more ambiguous since the lines between enemies and survivors is not defined; many of those who suffered most during various repressive campaigns against "enemies of the State" have enjoyed benefits at other times. Certain http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Bridge across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory (review)

China Review International , Volume 6 (2) – Sep 1, 1999

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Reviews 527 Vera Schwarcz. Bridge across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1998. xiii, 232 pp. Hardcover $30.00, ISBN 0­300­06614­7. The central theme running through the highly personal series of essays in Bridge across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory is how and why to write history. Underlying Vera Schwarcz' comparison of how history and memory function in the Jewish and Chinese cultural traditions is a more fundamental comparison of history as sacral and of history as an academic discipline. Although examples are drawn from across both traditions, the focus of the book is on twentieth-century historical experience and the strategies each culture employs for speaking the unspeakable. For Jews, the dilemma is how to assimilate the Shoah into cultural memory in a way that bears witness to the past without turning it into a cliché or allowing terror to overshadow hope for the present and future. The Chinese experiences of the twentieth century are more ambiguous since the lines between enemies and survivors is not defined; many of those who suffered most during various repressive campaigns against "enemies of the State" have enjoyed benefits at other times. Certain

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 1, 1999

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