Answering to Transgenerational Violence

  • Rivka Syd Eisner
Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)


Beginning with cô Nhựt’s Agent Orange/dioxin activism, Chap.  5 forwards the idea of “prospective remembering” to describe the politics and practice of the veterans’ remembering performances and civic commitments. The conclusion then addresses some critical, transgenerational implications of historical violence, turning to the veterans’ connections with Vietnam’s postwar generations, who still bear the material effects of the past’s enduring brutality. The children living with Agent Orange/dioxin-attributed illness and disability at the Làng Hòa Bình medical facility and orphanage (re)embody the effects of Vietnam’s legacies of wartime violence. Offering subtle, remarkable examples of everyday performance intervention, Eisner finds the children enact what the veterans also teach: that living more justly with others requires practicing a performative politics of memory that is hauntological and prospective in its intentions, visions, and actions.


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  • Rivka Syd Eisner
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  1. 1.University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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