Anti-communist films sponsored by the US government in Singapore and Malaya : on the New York Sound Masters Inc.
Hee, Wai Siam
Date of Issue2018
School of Humanities
This article examines anti-Communist films made by Hollywood in Cantonese and Malay in Singapore and Malaya in the Cold War context of the “Campaign of Truth.” In the early 1950s, the United State Information Agency, an arm of the State Department, secretly commissioned and funded New York Sound Masters Inc. to produce and shoot several anti-Communist films in Singapore and Malaya. In 1953, cinemas across Malaya and Singapore screened Singapore Story and Kampong Sentosa, two Cold War products of the “Campaign of Truth.” In addition to analysing the ideology of these films, this article also combines declassified archive material from the US and Singaporean National Archives with primary materials from UK, US, Singaporean, and Malayan periodicals from the Cold War era in order to explore how these two films use Malay and Cantonese to narrate a Hollywood’s version of the Singaporean story. As these two films have been largely passed over in scholarship and the films and archives have not been regularly accessible, records of these films are absent from histories of film and television in the US, Singapore, and Malaya. This article aims to remedy this absence.
Campaign of Truth
Campaign of Truth
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
© 2018 The Author(s) (Published by Taylor & Francis). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, The Author(s) (Published by Taylor & Francis). It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://doi.org/10.1080/14649373.2018.1463078].