On Testimonial Practices

Lisa Yoneyama

in Hiroshima Traces

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780520085862
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520914896 | DOI:
On Testimonial Practices

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This chapter considers the institutional and discursive contexts within which the Hiroshima survivors' identities as hibakusha were rendered multiple and complex as they began to actively adopt identities as witnesses and storytellers. It explores how these categories encouraged survivors to recollect and narrate their experiences as something inextricably embedded in their entire life stories. The survivors often engage in their testimonial practices while accompanying pilgrims to Hiroshima on memorial tours.

Keywords: Hiroshima survivors; hibakusha; witnesses; storytellers; testimonial practices; pilgrims; memorial tours

Chapter.  10635 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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