Mcallister, Kirsten Emiko / Terrain Of Memory
A compelling story about a community that builds a memorial to collectively remember its experiences of political violence in order to rebuild relations of trust and understanding across social and intergenerational divides.
For communities who have been the target of political violence, the damaging after-effects can haunt what remains of their families, their communities, and the societies in which they live. Terrain of Memory tells the story of the Japanese Canadian elders who built a memorial in New Denver, British Columbia, to transform a site of political violence into a space for remembrance. The book shows how collectively excavating painful memories can contribute to building relations across social and intergenerational divides. Those seeking a deeper understanding of the potential of memorial projects in transforming the damaging effects of human rights abuses should read this compelling account of community building and social justice.