'The essays and artworks gathered in this volume examine the visual manifestations of postcolonial struggles in art in East and Southeast Asia, as the world transitioned from the communist/capitalist ideological divide into the new global power structure under neoliberalism that started taking shape during the Cold War.

The contributors to this volume investigate the visual art that emerged in Australia, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Okinawa, and the Philippines. With their critical views and new approaches, the scholars and curators examine how visual art from postcolonial countries deviated from the communist/capitalist dichotomy to explore issues of identity, environment, rapid commercialization of art, and independence. These foci offer windows into some lesser-known aspects of the Cold War, including humanistic responses to the neo-imperial exploitations of people and resources as capitalism transformed into its most aggressive form.'

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Introduction: Locating Asian art in the Cold War

- LI Yuchieh, Midori YAMAMURA

Part I | Joining the Game: Trauma and Regionalism

"The New Chinese Landscape" in the Cold War era

- Lesley MA, 馬唯中

Before and Beyond the Cold War: Visual Accounts of the "Secret War" in Laos (Pha Khamfan's Collection of Photographs and Terry Wofford's Paintings of Planes)

- Roger NELSON

Affects, Trauma, and Experimental Art in New Order Indonesia, 1970–1977


Asia's Cold War and Environmental Devastation: Kidlat Tahimik and Roberto Villanueva's Neo-indigenous Response in the Philippines and Beyond


Imagining a Region: Australian Exhibitionary Turns to Asia in the Late Cold War

- Russell STORER

Part II | Visual Gallery and Primary Documents

From Okinawa With Love

- Hiroshi SUNAIRI, 砂入博史

Dinh Q. Lê: Works and Primary Documents

- Dinh Q. LE, 黎光定

Reconfiguring History


Voyage into the COLD SEA

- AU Sow-yee, 區秀詒

From Cities into the Mountains and the Fields: An Archaeology of Lives in Dark Ruins

- KAO Junhonn, 高俊宏

Part III | The Continuous Cold War


Survival Tactics within Cold War Ideologies: Post-Mao Artists on the Tides of Globalization

- LI Yuchieh

Performance, Memory, and Affect in Yamashiro Chikako's Mud Man

- Rebecca JENNISON

Undoing Cold War Temporality: Transnational Adoption in Agnes Dherbeys's Omone and Retired

- LEE Jungjoon
Visual Representations of the Cold War and Postcolonial Struggles: Art in East and Southeast Asia
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