Securing “Asia for Asians”: Race, Counterinsurgency, and US Empire

Racial inclusion did not produce an orderly free world, but its opposite: more violence, more insurgencies.

Lecture Description

This lecture explains how the United States sought to create “Asia for Asians” as the basis for post-WWII national security in the Asia-Pacific, and how that liberal mantra worked its way into US counterinsurgency in Southeast Asia in the 1950s-60s. The lecture concludes by looking at what happens when those called to labor for this imperial project – namely soldiers and military workers – pursued more radical visions and pathways for decolonization.

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Asian American Cold War

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