The Center for Asian Studies has developed this forum for recognizing and learning from the ways peoples in different parts of Asia have responded to traumatic events and crises. We are thinking, in particular, of events relating to racial and ethnic violence, discrimination, and prejudice within Asian societies. We are especially interested in learning more about how Asian societies heal, reconcile, and cultivate resilience as they move beyond such events. How are events remembered or memorialized in public? In private? In literature, poetry, music, song, and other cultural expressions? How are victims celebrated and mourned?

We are primarily interested in sharing examples of translations, images, recordings, or narrative accounts, rather than scholarly analyses of these things. We will continue to update this ongoing blog featuring these submissions as they come in and will eventually feature them in an upcoming e-newsletter. We are also interested in the possibility of holding an event that features readings, viewings, and/or reflections by faculty on these materials.

We view these posts as our particular contribution – as Asianists – to recognizing the trauma that our community has suffered and providing what we hope might be helpful perspectives from Asia.

Please contact us – Danielle Salaz (salaz@colorado.edu) and/or Tim Oakes (toakes@colorado.edu) – with any submissions or ideas that you might have.


 

Asian Reflections on trauma and healing: Voices from Japan: Perspectives on Disaster and Hope

July 26, 2021

As people all around the world are aware, twenty years ago on March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of residents of the Tohoku region in the northeastern part of the country, which in turn...

Asian Reflections on trauma and healing: 1965 massacres in Indonesia, excerpt from novel Beauty is a Wound

May 24, 2021

Asian reflections on trauma and healing: 1965 massacres in Indonesia, excerpt from novel Beauty is a Wound (New Directions, 2015) by Eka Kurniawan, translated from Indonesian by Annie Tucker. CAS Advisory Council Member Stanley Harsha offers this translated excerpt. In 1965-66, the Indonesian army led a massacre that killed an...

Asian reflections on trauma and healing: Weapons and Children (1954) by Badr Shakir al-Sayyab translated by Professor Levi Thompson

April 12, 2021

Professor Levi Thompson offers a translation of the poem Weapons and Children . Weapons and Children (1954) by Badr Shakir al-Sayyab The Iraqi poet Badr Shakir al-Sayyab (d. 1964) published this poem in a chapbook in 1954 after originally composing it in 1953. 1953 was a tumultuous year in Sayyab’s...

Asian reflections on trauma and healing: Professor Aun Hasan Ali Offers a Tribute to Those Who Lost Their Lives Monday

March 24, 2021

In 1952, the great Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz (d. 1984) published a collection of poetry titled Dast-e Sabaa (The Hand of the Zephyr). This collection included a poem titled “Un Talaba ke Naam” (“For Those Students”) that was dedicated to young Iranian students who lost their lives in the...