The Korean War has been called the “forgotten war,” not as studied as World War II or Vietnam. Choi examines the collective memory of the Korean War through five discrete memory sites in the United States and South Korea, including the PBS documentary Battle for Korea, the Korean War Memorial in Salt Lake City, and the statue of General Douglas MacArthur in Incheon, South Korea. She contends that these sites are not static; rather, they are active places where countermemories of the war clash with the official state-sanctioned remembrance. Through lively and compelling analysis of these memory sites, which include two differing accounts of the No Gun Ri massacre\--contemporaneous journalism and oral histories by survivors\--Choi shows diverse narratives of the Korean War competing for dominance in acts of remembering. Embattled Memories is an important interdisciplinary work in two fields, memory studies and public history, from an understudied perspective, that of witnesses to the Korean War.
“An interesting, informative, and creative book; Choi’s insights will remain relevant for years to come.” —Bonnie Brennen, Nieman Professor of Journalism, Marquette University
“The great strength of this book is the clarity and vivacity with which Choi conveys the complex struggle of meanings in a wide range of media: television documentaries, memorials, statues, oral histories and newspaper accounts. Anyone who wants to understand the effects of the Korean conflict on those who lived through it or who seek to memorialize it will find this a compelling read.” —Daniel Kim, associate professor of English, Brown University
“While a slim volume, Embattled Memories provides ample material for scholars and readers wishing to do further research. It includes well-sourced notes and an extensive bibliography. . . This makes Choi’s contribution that much more critical as she brings much-needed attention to the “forgotten war”.”—H-net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences~H-net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences