The contributors to this volume re-think established insights of memory and trauma theory and enrich those studies with diverse Asian texts, critically analyzing literary and cultural representations of Asia and its global diasporas. They broaden the scope of memory and trauma studies by examining how the East/ West binary delimits horizons of "trauma" by excluding Asian texts.    

Are memory and trauma always reliable registers of the past that translate across cultures and nations? Are supposedly pan-human experiences of suffering disproportionately coloured by eurocentric structures of region, reason, race, or religion? How are Asian texts and cultural producers yet viewed through biased lenses? How might recent approaches and perspectives generated by Asian literary and cultural texts hold purchase in the 21st century? Critically meditating on such questions, and whether existing concepts of memory and trauma accurately address the histories, present states, and futures of the non-Occidental world, this volume unites perspectives on both dominant and marginalized sites of the broader Asian continent. Contributors explore the complex intersections of literature, history, ethics, affect, and social justice across East, South, and Southeast Asia, and on Asian diasporas in Australia and the USA. They draw on yet diverge from "Orientalism" and "Area Studies" given today’s need for nuanced analytical methodologies in an era defined by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars invested in memory and trauma studies, comparative Asian studies, diaspora and postcolonial studies, global studies, and social justice around contemporary identities and 20th and 21st century Asia. 

chapter 1|28 pages

The “Asian Pandemic”

Re-Thinking Memory and Trauma in Cultural Narratives of Asia

part I|76 pages

Activating Memory as Personal Testimony

chapter 3|21 pages

Exorcising the Yellow Perils Within

Internment Trauma and Memory in Joy Kogawa’s Obasan and John Okada’s No-No Boy

chapter 4|19 pages

Healing from the Khmer Rouge Genocide by “telling the world”

Active Subjectivity and Collective Memory in Loung Ung’s First They Killed My Father

part II|70 pages

Traumascapes of Body and State

chapter 6|15 pages

Bonds and Companionship

The Healing Efficacy of the Picture Books of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake

chapter 7|16 pages

Tyrants, Typhoons, and Trauma

Spectrality and Magic Realism in Nick Joaquin’s Cave and Shadows

chapter 8|20 pages

Engendering Islam

Religio-Cultural Violence and Trauma in Qaisra Shahraz’s The Holy Woman

chapter 9|17 pages

Transgenerational Hauntings in the Landscape of Okinawa, Japan

Medoruma Shun’s “Army Messenger”