Welcome to this blog on Southeast Asian Propaganda. The purpose of the blog is to collate resources and possible research topics for students of modern Southeast Asian History, and in particular for students at Aberystwyth University taking my skills module. All the posts on this blog can be discussed as a possible basis for the 5000 word project.
Information on the course:
Image Wars: Propaganda in Southeast Asian History
Southeast Asia sits at the cross-roads of Asia, and has throughout the twentieth century been considered a vital strategic location globally. This has meant that foreign powers have continuously worked with and fought against national leaders for hegemony and legitimacy. By taking a look at the key shifts in power throughout the twentieth century, this course will interrogate how they have done this. In doing so, the course will look at how, regardless of the underlying message, key themes have remained vital to the success of the propaganda in the region. In particular, the course will look at how the subjects of race, culture and nation were regularly drawn upon to engage viewers or readers. Moreover, it will identify how new technologies in propaganda production were quickly assimilated and exploited locally. From the Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia during World War II, to the American ideological projection of the ‘Free World’ during the Cold War, the course will focus on the use of images and representation to assert explicitly political messages. For more information on the module see here: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/modules/deptcurrent/?m=HY33720
Selected materials to get started:
Edward Bernays, Propaganda, Brooklyn, New York: ig publishing, 1928