A bamboocurtain descended on Upper Burma in May 1942.
Little news filtered in or out. The warp and weft of everyday civilian life during the
Japanese occupation is something of a mystery. In 1945 Rev. Stanley Vincent compiled an
important booklet, Out of Great Tribulation , containing the wartime recollections of
Burmese Methodists. 1 Two army chaplains
(Acheson and Brown-Moffett) wrote brief accounts of separate visits they had made to the Chin
States during 1944. In August 1945 Rev. U Po Tun wrote a long
Yet the bamboocurtain in the late 1950s and early 1960s
was more transparent and less forbidding than Europe’s iron
curtain, as Eric Ambler told in his Passage of Arms (London,
1959). In this amusing and well-told tale about gun-running to
Indonesia, Ambler’s American businessman, doing the tourist run in
Hong Kong, was surprised at the colony’s defencelessness and the
The Ocean group in East and Southeast Asia, c. 1945–73
Nicholas J. White
professional secretary of the union with his ‘obviously
political’ interests. 54 Fearing that any further democratisation
would ensure that the Chinese-majority island slipped behind the
‘BambooCurtain’, and take mainland Malaya with it, Hobhouse
demanded in March 1956 that a wider franchise or greater measure of
self-government would have to be refused ‘at present’, and
that British responsibility for
Action/WEAD,’ BambooCurtain Studio Newsletter (3 December 2014).
40 Jason W. Moore, ed., Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the
Crisis of Capitalism (Oakland: PM Press, 2016), 51.
42 Patty Chang, The Wandering Lake (New York: Queens Museum and Dancing
Foxes Press, 2017), 31; and from the exhibition materials for Patty Chang: The
Wandering Lake 2009–2017, 18 February 2018 at the Queens Museum.
43 Chang, The Wandering Lake, 66.
44 Luce Irigaray, ‘The “Mechanics” of Fluids,’ This Sex Which is Not One, tr. Catherine
(eco)feminist interpellations of Chineseness in the work of Yuk King Tan,
Cao Fei, and Wu Mali
Jane Chin Davidson
Mali, ‘Ecofeminism: Art as Environment – A
Cultural Action/WEAD,’ BambooCurtain Studio Newsletter (3 December 2014).
60 Shao, ‘Interview with Wu Mali.’
62 The Inside Out: New Chinese Art was organized by the Asia Society Galleries and
the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, debuting at the Asia Society Galleries,
New York, and P.S. 1, Long Island, New York, 15 September 1998.
63 See Cindy Sui, ‘Taiwan Kuomintang: Revisiting the White Terror Years,’ BBC
News Taipei (13 March 2016), www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35723603 (accessed
20 December 2018).
1949–1970 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971); Priscilla Roberts, Behind the BambooCurtain: China, Vietnam, and the Cold War (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006); Matthew Rothwell, Transpacific Revolutionaries: The Chinese Revolution in Latin American (New York: Routledge, 2013).
42 John Lewis Gaddis, We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998) and The Cold War: A New History (New York: Penguin, 2007); Christina Klein, Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination 1945