“Made Locally”

  • Caroline Chia


The conclusion of the Second World War in 1945 marked a turning point in world history. This period ushered in the Cold War tension between the Eastern and Western Blocs represented by the USSR (former Soviet Union) and US, respectively, and along came the anxiety of the spread of Communism to the East Asian and Southeast Asian regions. Furthermore, there was increasing awareness of the concept of ‘nationhood’ as colonial polities embarked on various anti-colonial movements to break free from their colonial masters and push for independence. The establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 meant that China became a strong player in the Eastern bloc, which dramatically affected her relationship with the Chinese residing elsewhere. From seeing themselves as overseas subjects to becoming citizens of their host societies, the socio-political climate of this era would alter the mindsets of the various Chinese (Hokkien) communities and had a tremendous impact on Hokkien theatre. Responses to the socio-political forces of these communities in their host societies shaped the development of Hokkien theatre, which began to be shaped in distinctly local ways.


Cold War Communism Decolonization Nationhood Propaganda 


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  • Caroline Chia
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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesNanyang Techological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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