By Keith L. Camacho
Congratulations to award-winning teacher, scholar, and community activist, Professor Keith L. Camcaho, Assistant Professor of Pacific Islander studies in the Asian American Studies Department, UCLA, on the recent publication of Cultures of Commemoration. It draws from an extensive archival base of government, military, and popular records to trace the formation of divergent colonial and indigenous histories in the Mariana Islands.
Camacho describes how US colonial governance and Japanese colonial governance led to competing colonial histories that inform how Americans, Japanese, and Chamorros remember World War II in the islands. He also looks at the processes of history and memory making that inform American, Chamorro, and Japanese war commemorations today.
According to Teresia Teaiwa of Victoria University of Wellington, Cultures of Commemoration is a unique comparative study and “an engaging book that asks fundamental questions about colonial legacies, national loyalties, and, most importantly, indigenous historical agency.”
The book can be ordered through the Orders Department, University of Hawai’i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888; the website is
http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu. (Publication date, 2011, 248 pages, ISBN 978-0-8248-3456-0, cloth, US$52.00)
David K. Yoo, Ph.D.
Director & Professor
Asian American Studies Center & Department
University of California, Los Angeles
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