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By Donovan Webster

In riveting and revelatory element, Aftermath files the ways that wars have remodeled the terrain of the battlefield into landscapes of reminiscence and enduring terror: in France, the place thousands of acres of farmland are cordoned off to all yet a corps of demolition specialists liable for the undetonated bombs and mines of worldwide conflict I which are now emerging up in fields, gardens, and backyards; in a sixty-square-mile quarter outdoor Stalingrad that used to be a cauldron of destruction in 1941 and is at the present time an unending box of bones; within the Nevada deserts, the place the United States waged a hidden nuclear warfare opposed to itself within the 1950's, the result of that are simply now changing into obvious; in Vietnam, the place a nation's attempt to take away the actual detritus of battle has created mental and genetic devastation; in Kuwait, the place terrifyingly subtle struggle was once by way of the Sisyphean activity of creating an uninhabitable wilderness able to maintaining life.

Aftermath excavates our century's darkest heritage, revealing that the destruction of the earlier continues to be deeply, inextricably embedded within the current.

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The Americans in the Occupation called the maids, clerical help, waitresses, or any other young Japanese women “Baby-san”—a name that combined an American pick-up line (“Hey, baby”) with an everyday Japanese title of respect. ” Crockett’s and other American women’s use of the term indicated their sense of privilege vis-à-vis Japanese women and reflected the American perception of Japanese women as emotionally volatile and childlike. Perhaps the lack of fluency in English among most Japanese women, which made them appear inarticulate and somewhat simple-minded to Americans, contributed to this impression.

Despite this prewar western view of Japanese infantilism as a more or less permanent state—the idea that the Japanese lived in a perpetual “toy-world”—there could be little romanticizing about Japan’s delicacy after the brutal and powerful war fought by the Japanese military. Postwar observers found it difficult to recapture a pristine, premodern Japan in the wake of the Japa- Women and Children First 25 nese military and industrial might that had waged war so impressively. Therefore, they stretched the pre-existing frame of reference about Japanese immaturity to accommodate a picture of a nation needing a political education and the Americans as teachers of democracy to young Japanese students.

Within these frames, they determined what they thought the Japanese were capable of doing, what privileges the Japanese deserved, and what their relationship with the Japanese should be. As in the past, they could not help relating the diminutive size of Japan and its people to concepts of capability and entitlement. Thus they interpreted Japan’s attempt to build an Asian-Pacific empire as insolent, as if the Japanese were acting too big for their britches—like boys playing at war with toy weapons.

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