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Developing Memories: Alumni Newsletters In Japanese Development Assistance

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This chapter focuses on alumni newsletters as memory developers. It explores how newsletters for alumni from training courses in Japan presented and contributed to developing memories in the post-war period. The newsletters are edited by Japanese staff and the Japanese editors have selected the memories. The memories referred to in the newsletters fall into two groups. The first group consists of the new personal memories of the alumni's own stay in Japan after the war, and the second group refers to war. The references to war focus on devastation as a contrast to post-war Japanese economic success and to Japan's aim to work for world peace. By analysing how alumni newsletters for trainees and fellows who had spent time in Japan recounted war experiences, the chapter considers when and how war resurfaced and negated Japanese efforts to introduce new shared pasts in the name of development assistance.

Keywords: alumni newsletters; development assistance; economic success; Japanese; post-war period; world peace



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