Bones of Contention

China's World War II Military Graves in India, Burma, and Papua New Guinea

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Abstract

Exploring the construction and maintenance of Nationalist Chinese soldiers' graves overseas, this article sheds light on post-World War II commemorative politics. After having fought for the Allies against Japanese aggression in the China-Burma-India Theater, the Chinese expeditionary troops sporadically received posthumous care from Chinese veterans and diaspora groups. In the Southeast Asia Theater, the Chinese soldiers imprisoned in the Japanese-run camps in Rabaul were denied burial in the Allied war cemetery and recognition as military heroes. Analyzing archival documents from China, Taiwan, Britain, Australia, and the United States, I demonstrate how the afterlife of Chinese servicemen under foreign sovereignties mattered in the making of the modern Chinese state and its international status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-99
Number of pages48
JournalJournal of Chinese Military History
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Burma
  • China
  • commemoration
  • India
  • military cemetery
  • Papua New Guinea
  • war dead
  • World War II

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  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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Bones of Contention : China's World War II Military Graves in India, Burma, and Papua New Guinea. / Vu, Linh.

In: Journal of Chinese Military History, Vol. 8, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 52-99.

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