Asia in the Old and New Cold Wars: Ideologies, Narratives, and Lived Experiences

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This is a collection of essays marking the 30th anniversary of the historic Cold War’s formal conclusion in 1991. It enriches Cold War studies—a field dominated by Political Science, International Relations, and History—with insights from Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Film and Media Studies. Through critical analysis of newspaper and magazine articles, films, novels, art exhibits, museums, and other commemorative sites that engage with the themes of conflict, violence, trauma, displacement, marginalization, ecology, and identity, the book provides rich and diverse perspectives on the complex relationship between the historic Cold War and its legacies on the one hand and, on the other, their impact on Asia, its plural histories and peoples, and their shifting identities, ideological beliefs, and lived experiences.

Today, we often speak of an ‘Asian century’ and witness intensifying concerns over ‘new cold wars’ or ‘Cold War 2.0’. A United States in decline and a China on the rise create conditions for a new superpower rivalry, with a trade war already being fought between the two competitors. Russia continues to flex its geopolitical muscles, launching a full-scale invasion of neighbouring Ukraine in 2022, as its strongman leadership yearns nostalgically for the good old days of the USSR. As grand narratives and strategies of the Cold War jostle to make sense of high-level geopolitical events, this book descends to the level of lived experience, zooming in on ordinary and marginalized peoples, whose lives and livelihoods have been affected over the decades by the Cold War and its legacies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages254
ISBN (Electronic)9789811976810
ISBN (Print)9789811976803, 9789811976834
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • The Cold War
  • The ‘end of history’ thesis
  • Grand narratives, ideological struggle, and lived experience
  • Ethnic, national, and marginalized identities
  • Ethnic Chinese migration
  • China’s soft power
  • Belt-and-Road Initiative
  • China's Health Silk Road
  • Asian century and the rise of China
  • Cold War 2.0
  • New Cold Wars
  • The Malayan Emergency
  • the Korean War
  • Mainland Chinese Refugees


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