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Postcoloniality as the Aftermath of Terror among Vietnamese Refugees

Janis H. Jenkins and Michael Hollifield

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252233.003.0015
Postcoloniality as the Aftermath of Terror among Vietnamese Refugees

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This chapter focuses on the transformation of lived experience and modes of subjectivity for Vietnamese refugees, primarily military men who have resettled to the U.S. It traces the experiential components of postcolonial forms of power and transformation, and locates the conflicts of “fragmented selves” and the intrapsychic and intrasomatic “violence within” in the historical dynamics of the postcolonial nation-state's coming into being. The chapter discusses the experiential themes of alterity, trauma, and memory, and identifies the postcolonial problem of alterity.

Keywords: Vietnamese refugees; lived experience; subjectivity; U.S.; fragmented selves; violence within; postcolonial problem; alterity

Chapter.  8212 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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