Check this out!
Check this out!
I thought this article was interesting because it talked about Russian’s reactions to a new monument that was put up. Many don’t approve of it because they see it as a monument to guns and violence. Though it’s pretty different to the reasons why American’s are currently upset about monuments it still shows the profound impact monuments have on a community.
“Ever since, it has been hard to miss the 1990s underpinnings of the Trump Teens. The tabloidism. The gutter talk. The kinky dossiers. (Remember the X-rated Starr report?) Had America not absorbed the sheer skeeviness of that decade, how else would it have become comfortable electing a thrice-married man who ran beauty contests and graced casinos, one of them with a strip club, with his name — a man accused of a string of unwanted sexual advances and assaults (all of which he denied)?”
This is an extraordinary essay about Letters to Memory, a new book on the Japanese internment during WW2, written by Karen Tei Yamashita. The reviewer writes:
“Yamashita calls her project “memory”—it is memory that blends the author’s own recollections with historical narratives, personal papers, bureaucratic records, and great historical tomes. It is perhaps a species of group memory formed over thousands of years as humans have engaged the questions of war, necessity, failure, grievance, law, justice, forgiveness, and transcendence, all taking place through the medium of the written word. As we all must do, she is finding her own place in this legacy, hewing out her own sense of what she is and what has transpired in the lives of those closest to her.”
It’s a thoughtful piece about the relationship of history and memory, about family and personal stories, about the importance of preserving “difficult” histories.
I found this article very interesting and it’s also current. The idea of these statues being removed quietly and secretly is a big topic. I’m sure it’s to avoid conflict and/or protests turning violent. The other interesting portion is the cost to remove these statues. Does it cost so much because of the process or because they are doing their best to preserve them? What do they replace them with, if anything? It’s a terrible piece of our history and I’m in support of the removal.