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Divided Lenses: Screen Memories of War in East Asia ed. by Michael Berry, Chiho Sawada (review)

Divided Lenses: Screen Memories of War in East Asia ed. by Michael Berry, Chiho Sawada (review) Reviews 145 Michael Berry and Chiho Sawada, editors. Divided Lenses: Screen Memories of War in East Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016. viii, 331 pp. Hardcover $58.00, ISBN 978-0-8248-5151-4. Bringing together chapters by scholars from different disciplines, Divided Lenses: Screen Memories of War in East Asia, edited by Michael Bert and Chiho Sawada, examines the different visual representations of wars and atrocities that have ravaged Asia from the 1930s through the 1950s. These wars include the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Pacific War, the Chinese Civil War, and the Korean War, among others. The eleven chapters not only explore the representations of war on screens, but also “how the conflicts . . . have been imagined, framed, and revisited using the lens of screen culture” (p. 2). As such, this volume traces the portrayals of wars in East Asia in cinema and video games, and on television and the internet, as well as the contests between public official narratives and private and collective memories. Structured into two parts—Screen Histories of War in East Asia, and Reading War Trauma— Divided Lenses presents film (broadly defined) not only as a form of representation but also as a form of politicized “weapon http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Divided Lenses: Screen Memories of War in East Asia ed. by Michael Berry, Chiho Sawada (review)

China Review International , Volume 23 (2) – May 11, 2018

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Reviews 145 Michael Berry and Chiho Sawada, editors. Divided Lenses: Screen Memories of War in East Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016. viii, 331 pp. Hardcover $58.00, ISBN 978-0-8248-5151-4. Bringing together chapters by scholars from different disciplines, Divided Lenses: Screen Memories of War in East Asia, edited by Michael Bert and Chiho Sawada, examines the different visual representations of wars and atrocities that have ravaged Asia from the 1930s through the 1950s. These wars include the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Pacific War, the Chinese Civil War, and the Korean War, among others. The eleven chapters not only explore the representations of war on screens, but also “how the conflicts . . . have been imagined, framed, and revisited using the lens of screen culture” (p. 2). As such, this volume traces the portrayals of wars in East Asia in cinema and video games, and on television and the internet, as well as the contests between public official narratives and private and collective memories. Structured into two parts—Screen Histories of War in East Asia, and Reading War Trauma— Divided Lenses presents film (broadly defined) not only as a form of representation but also as a form of politicized “weapon

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 11, 2018

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