Dynamics Of The Cold War In Asia: Ideology, Identity, and Culture

Hardcover | December 15, 2009

EditorTuong Vu, Wasana Wongsurawat

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This book focuses on the neglected cultural front of the Cold War in Asia to explore the mindsets of Asian actors and untangle the complex cultural alliances that undergirded the security blocs on this continent. Our research is based primarily on archival sources, including government documents, diplomatic dispatches, and personal records. Some chapters also investigate architectural designs, novels, newspaper columns, and other writings by important Asian authors. The approaches employed are a mixture of historical, cultural, discourse, and literary analysis. The book can be adopted for graduate seminars on Asian modern history and Cold War history and politics, and will be especially useful to scholars and graduate students in contemporary Asian history (both cultural and political history) and in Cold War studies.

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This book focuses on the neglected cultural front of the Cold War in Asia to explore the mindsets of Asian actors and untangle the complex cultural alliances that undergirded the security blocs on this continent. Our research is based primarily on archival sources, including government documents, diplomatic dispatches, and personal rec...

Tuong Vu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Oregon. His interests include the politics of Vietnam and Indonesia, and Southeast Asian comparative politics. In addition to articles in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Ab Imperio, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of Vie...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.39 × 5.7 × 0.7 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Cold War Studies and the Cultural Cold War in Asia--Tuong Vu * Early South Vietnamese Anticommunist Critique--Tuan Hoang * “To Be Patriotic Is to Build Socialism”: Communist Ideology in Vietnam’s Civil War--Tuong Vu * Indonesian Architectural Culture during Guided Democracy (1960-1966): Sukarno and the Works of Friedrich Silaban--Setiadi Sopandi * Relocating Socialism: Asia, Socialism, and Communism in the PAP departure from the Socialist International in 1976--Leong Yew * Inventing a Proletarian Fiction for China: The Stalin Prize, Cultural Diplomacy, and the Creation of a Pan-Socialist Identity--Nicolai Volland * The Ideological Vanguard Contest: East Asian Communism during the 1960s and 1970s--Bernd Schaefer * The Rhetoric as Politics: The Ramon Magsaysay Award and the Making of a Cold War Culture--Rommel Curaming * Expulsion for a Mistranslated Poem: The Diplomatic Aspects of North Korean Cultural Policies--Balázs Szalontai * From Yaowaraj to Plablachai: The Thai State and Ethnic Chinese during the Cold War Era--Wasana Wongsurawat

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“Cold War history has been dominated for too long by those who thought they knew who were directing the Cold War around the world. Recent studies have begun to show how misleading that was. The authors in this volume have gone further to examine the active roles that Asian leaders played. They convincingly prove that the leaders were guided not only by national or developmental concerns but were also moved by cultural ideals that reflected both their own traditions and their response to universalist and internationalist aspirations. The important contributions made here challenge all historians to think afresh about the place of smaller powers in global affairs.”--Wang Gungwu, University Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore"This volume makes a major contribution to the field by re-centering the origins and development of the Cold War in Asia, and demonstrating how crucial Asia was to the conflict.  It uses rich, empirical cases, many of them never before presented in English, to explore the way in which the Cold War reshaped East and Southeast Asia - and how those developments in turn shaped the global Cold War. This is essential reading for all serious scholars of the postwar era."--Rana Mitter, author of A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World"Tuong Vu and Wasana Wongsurawat's volume stands out in the existing historiography in international relations in that it patently shifts the emphasis from the American side of the Cold War to the Asian ones. . . [It] makes it clear that culture was as important a tool for Asian states as it was for the superpowers trying to influence them. . . This book and the debate it stirs will surely advance the study of the cultural dimensions of the Cold War in Asia."--H-Diplo, Christopher E. Goscha, Université du Québec à Montréal"The essays. . . represent some of the most exciting work being done in international Cold War history."--H-Diplo, Jessica M. Chapman, Williams College