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Humanities 2015, 4(4), 818-833; doi:10.3390/h4040818

Manilaner’s Holocaust Meets Manileños’ Colonisation: Cross-Traumatic Affiliations and Postcolonial Considerations in Trauma Studies

Department of English, School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, 1108 Quezon City, Philippines
Academic Editor: Sonya Andermahr
Received: 24 August 2015 / Accepted: 13 November 2015 / Published: 19 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Trauma and Postcolonialism)
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After interrogating the (non-)referential status of the Holocaust for Asians, this essay examines Frank Ephraim’s Escape to Manila and Juergen Goldhagen’s Manila Memories. In particular, cross-traumatic affiliation is studied between two groups of people: the Manilaner and the Manileños: the former were Europeans who fled Nazism and sought refuge in Manila; the latter were Filipino residents of Manila who, during the Second World War, found themselves under Japanese Occupation. A closer reading of the memoirs, however, also reveals latent orientalism in the portrayal of Filipinos. This essay thus echoes present postcolonial concerns in recent Trauma Studies research which ask the place of serial colonisations, martial law, climate catastrophes and the sacred in Trauma theory. View Full-Text
Keywords: Manilaner; Manileños; Holocaust; Quezon; cross-traumatic affiliation; Japanese Occupation; U.S. colonisation; postcolonial theory; Trauma Studies; Philippines Manilaner; Manileños; Holocaust; Quezon; cross-traumatic affiliation; Japanese Occupation; U.S. colonisation; postcolonial theory; Trauma Studies; Philippines
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Martin, J. Manilaner’s Holocaust Meets Manileños’ Colonisation: Cross-Traumatic Affiliations and Postcolonial Considerations in Trauma Studies. Humanities 2015, 4, 818-833.

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