The Stone of Fury

Heonik Kwon

in After the Massacre

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247963
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939653 | DOI:
The Stone of Fury

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This chapter discusses the dispersion of memory across boundaries and focuses on the problems between the dispersed memory and the forms of commemoration. Although the memorial stone suffered an intervention by state powers, its opening turned out to be a positive event for the commemoration of the Monkey Year. The completion of the memorial stone turned out to be a significant event for the families of the victims. Public recognition of the tragic history by the state or external institutions proved to be crucial for the incorporation of tragic death into local ritual. However, the memorial stone did not mark the final resting place of the Monkey Year victims, nor was it a place of symbolic closure. Because it failed to concentrate and settle the collective memory of the victims, the stone emerged as an important catalyst for remembering the victims as individuals.

Keywords: dispersed memory; commemoration; memorial stone; Monkey Year; victims

Chapter.  7380 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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