Memory (2012) by Evyn Le Espiritu – Final Media Project for Asian Americans in Media, MS100PZ, Fall 2012
My five-minute video piece explores the relationships between power, history, and memory, inserting my own second-generation Asian American reflections on the Vietnam War into the existing visual repertoire on the war. This repertoire largely focuses on the Vietnam War’s psychological effects on the American soldier and veteran—as featured in such films as The Deer Hunter (dir. Michael Cimino, 1978), Apocalypse Now (dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979), Platoon (dir. Oliver Stone, 1986), and Full Metal Jacket (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1987)— eliding the voices and images of Vietnamese and Vietnamese American subjects. In the spirit of Rea Tajiri’s History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige (1991) and Tran T. Kim-Trang’s Ekleipsis (1998), I create images where none previously existed, for an experience that I did not personally live through. Thus I reference Marianne Hirsch’s idea of “postmemory”—the “relationship of the second generation to powerful, often traumatic experiences that precede their births but that were nevertheless transmitted to them so deeply as to seem to constitute memories in their own right.”
Excerpted from student’s artist statement
 Marianne Hirsch, “The Generation of Postmemory,” Poetics Today 29, no. 1 (2008): 103.
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