Cultures at war : the Cold War and cultural expression in Southeast Asia / Tony Day and Maya H.T. Liem, editors
- Studies on Southeast Asia ; no. 51
- Cultures at war in Cold War Southeast Asia : an introduction / Tony Day -- Filming Philippine modernity during the Cold War : the case of Lamberto Avellana / Francisco Benitez -- Modem drama, politics, and the postcolonial aesthetics of left-nationalism in North Sumatra : the forgotten theater of Indonesia's Lekra, 1955-65 / Michael Bodden -- Saigonese art during the war : modernity versus ideology / Boitran Huynh-Beattie -- Cold War rhetoric and the body : physical cultures in early socialist Laos / Simon Creak -- Still stuck in the mud : imagining world literature during the Cold War in Indonesia and Vietnam / Tony Day -- Raising xenophobic socialism against a Communist threat : re-reading the lines of an army propaganda magazine in 1950s Burma / Bo Bo -- The man with the golden gauntlets : Mit Chaibancha's Insi thorng and the hybridization of Red and Yellow Perils in Thai Cold War action cinema / Rachel V. Harrison -- Festival politics : Singapore's 1963 South-East Asia Cultural Festival / Jennifer Lindsay -- Filling in the gaps of history : independent documentaries re-present the Malayan left / Gaik Cheng Khoo -- Recalling and representing Cold War conflict and its aftermath in contemporary Indonesian film and theatre / Barbara Hatley.
- "These innovative essays compel us to reevaluate our understanding of the Cold War as a predominantly political and military event. Their consideration of a broad range of cultural forms---from literature and film to glossy magazines and body-building---reminds us that the Cold War's influence on culture and its producers was as varied and complex as the Southeast Asian countries it touched. Lively and insightful, this rich collection is a valuable contribution to both Cold War studies and the modern histories of Southeast Asia."---Richard A. Ruth, Ph.D., Department of History, U.S. Naval Academy; and author of In Buddha's Company: Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War --
Cultures at War examines how the cultures of postcolonial Southeast Asia responded to the Cold War. Based on fieldwork throughout the diverse region, these essays analyze the ways in which art, literature, theater, film, physical fitness programs, and the popular press reflected complex Southeast Asian reactions to the ideological conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union, and, to a degree, China. Determined to remain "nonaligned," artists synthesized traditional and modern, local and international sources to produce a vibrant constellation of work. For each of the national cultures discussed here, any Cold War tendency toward anxiety and conformity was challenged by creative pluralism and individual expression --Book Jacket.
- 9780877277811 (hbk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Barbara S. Klein Libraries Collection Endowment in Art History and Asian Studies; 2012
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