Thursday, January 18, 2007
HISTORY, MEMORY, AND FICTION
are all intertwined in the controversy surrounding So Far from the Bamboo Grove, a novel that depicts the travails of a Japanese family who fled Korea at the end of the Second World War. As well and fully chronicled in this post at The Marmot's Hole, many Koreans and Korean-Americans are protesting the book's use in some American middle schools. At stake are a number of issues including whether there is a single acceptable narrative of events, who gets to set the agenda, the role of schools and books in the shaping of historical memory and on and on. Worth a look.