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Intercultural Memories

Contesting Places, Spaces, and Stories

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Edited By Ahmet Atay, Yea-Wen Chen and Alberto González

Collective remembering is an important way that communities name and make sense of the past. Places and stories about the past influence how communities remember the past, how they try to preserve it, or in some cases how they try to erase it. The research in this book offers key insights into how places and memories intersect with intercultural conflicts, oppressions, and struggles by which communities make sense of, deal with, and reconcile the past. The authors in this book examine fascinating stories from important sites—such as international commemorations of Korean “Comfort Women,” a film representation of the Stonewall Riots, and remembrances of the post-communist state in Albania. By utilizing various critical and cultural studies and ethnographic and narrative-based methods, each chapter examines cultural memory in intercultural encounters, everyday experiences, and identity performances that evoke collective memories of colonial pasts, immigration processes, and memories of places and spaces that are shaped by power structures and clashing ideologies. This book is essential reading for understanding the links between space/place and cultural memory, memories of nationally, and places constituted by markers of ethnicity, race, and sexuality. These readings are especially useful in courses in intercultural communication, cultural studies, international studies, and peace and conflict studies.
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5. (Mis)Remembering Stonewall: Narrative Authority and the American Monomyth in Queer Public Memory

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KATHRYN HOBSON

James Madison University

BERNADETTE MARIE CALAFELL

Gonzaga University

SPENCER B. MARGULIES

University of South Florida

“And so don’t ever think that if there were no Stonewall that it would just be like it is Now. Because it was a horrible world before that. We were all runaways and some of them were 14 years old. Some people had scalding water thrown on them by their parents. People that couldn’t go back home no matter what. And couldn’t go back to school no matter what. And that group of people was the catalyst in the riot. It was the street kids who had nothing to lose. That were the force that got it going” (Kasino, 2012, 16:28–16:45).

“The girls, we had had enough. It was just a momentary thing, no one planned anything there was no pre-rehearsal or getting together ― when this happened it simply exploded. The sad thing about all of that was that the gay and lesbian community took that away from us and just completely whitewashed us into the background as if we didn’t exist and weren’t there … Like that stupid movie that they made! I mean, he [the main character] was really pretty but he wasn’t wearing no dress!” (Nicohls, 2016a, para. 10).

Stonewall (2015), directed by Roland Emmerich and released in 2015, based on the events of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New...

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