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Remapping the SinophoneThe Cultural Production of Chinese-Language Cinema in Singapore and Malaya before and during the Cold War$
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Wai-Siam Hee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528035

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528035.001.0001

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A Singapore Story, Hollywood Version

A Singapore Story, Hollywood Version

US Government Anti-Communist Films Produced in Singapore and Malaya

(p.112) 4 A Singapore Story, Hollywood Version
Remapping the Sinophone

Wai-Siam Hee

Hong Kong University Press

The fourth chapter 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 States 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 SingaporeStory and KampongSentosa, two Cold War products of the ‘Campaign of Truth’. In addition to analysing the ideology of these films, this chapter 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 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 chapter aims to remedy this absence.

Keywords:   Campaign of Truth, United States Information Agency, anti-Communist films, New York Sound Masters Inc., Cantonese, Reeves Eason, Singapore Story, Kampong Sentosa

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