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The Testimony Project: Papua ed. by Charles E Farhadian (review)

The Testimony Project: Papua ed. by Charles E Farhadian (review) the contemporary pacific · 25:1 (2013) these memories to be commemorated. As he profoundly notes, the process of making history is "as much about forgetting as it is about remembering" (160). Cultures of Commemoration is itself a commemorative act. It honors the centrality and diversity of Chamorro experience, agency, and memory; moreover, it honors the ancestral bonds of Chamorros across the archipelago. Overall, Camacho shows how commemorations have the power to shape cultural beliefs and collective memory and, at the same time, how culture has the power to fashion commemorations to reflect historical and ideological shifts. Considering the further militarizing of Guam and the Northern Marianas as a result of the cold war between the US and China, this book teaches us an important lesson at this pivotal moment in our history: if we conscientiously shape our public memories and histories of the past, then we will be better able to determine our future. tion Day lapsed for almost a decade. Japanese commemorations--such as peace memorials, bone-collecting missions, cremation rituals, and pilgrimages--became far more popular and profitable in terms of tourism. However, the American Memorial Park was eventually created in the 1990s, and it manifested American loyalty and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Testimony Project: Papua ed. by Charles E Farhadian (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 25 (1) – Mar 27, 2013

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the contemporary pacific · 25:1 (2013) these memories to be commemorated. As he profoundly notes, the process of making history is "as much about forgetting as it is about remembering" (160). Cultures of Commemoration is itself a commemorative act. It honors the centrality and diversity of Chamorro experience, agency, and memory; moreover, it honors the ancestral bonds of Chamorros across the archipelago. Overall, Camacho shows how commemorations have the power to shape cultural beliefs and collective memory and, at the same time, how culture has the power to fashion commemorations to reflect historical and ideological shifts. Considering the further militarizing of Guam and the Northern Marianas as a result of the cold war between the US and China, this book teaches us an important lesson at this pivotal moment in our history: if we conscientiously shape our public memories and histories of the past, then we will be better able to determine our future. tion Day lapsed for almost a decade. Japanese commemorations--such as peace memorials, bone-collecting missions, cremation rituals, and pilgrimages--became far more popular and profitable in terms of tourism. However, the American Memorial Park was eventually created in the 1990s, and it manifested American loyalty and

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Published: Mar 27, 2013

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