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For the Time Being: Clara Han on Moods of the Present

The radical innovations in theory and method that Clara Han accomplishes in her book, Seeing Like a Child: Inheriting the Korean War (Han 2021), are unobtrusive and her descriptions are both gripping and to use a child’s word, “scary”. Yet classical questions on kinship, home, war, violence, are nestled into the text as a backstory rather than dramatized or …

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Introduction to Book Forum on Clara Han’s Seeing Like a Child: Inheriting the Korean War

Clara Han’s Seeing Like a Child: Inheriting the Korean War (Fordham University Press, 2021) describes war’s dispersal into everyday life, intimacy and the domestic. Departing from genres of testimony, as well as auto-ethnography, Han seeks to write from a child’s perspective, both as the daughter of parents displaced by the war and who migrate to the United States, as well …

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The Grains of Experience

The Spectral Wound is one of the most sensitive, subtle, and thought-provoking anthropological texts on sexual violence in the context of war (Mookherjee 2015). I have already expressed my admiration in the foreword to the book for its nuanced rendering of the interplay between the national imperative to memorialize, the desire for justice on the part of human rights advocacy …

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