Creating an anti-communist motion picture producers’ network in Asia : the Asia Foundation, Asia Pictures, and the Korean Motion Picture Cultural Association

Sangjoon LEE*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Asia Foundation, a private non-profit organization, which was established in 1951, was actively involved in the motion picture industries in Asia since its first feature film project The People Win Through was produced and released in Burma in 1953. Roughly from 1953 to 1959, to win the battle for hearts and minds in Asia, The Asia Foundation had clandestinely supported anti-Communist motion picture industry personnel, ranging from producers, directors, and technicians to critics, writers, and general intellectuals in many parts of Asia. This article traces TAF’s motion picture project in Asia, focusing primarily on the early history of Asia Pictures in Hong Kong and Korea Motion Picture Cultural Association in post-Civil War Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-538
Number of pages22
JournalHistorical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Volume37
Issue number3
Early online date10 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding: This work was supported by the Nam Center for Korean Studies, The University of Michigan; Summer Research Grant, The University of Michigan; Nanyang Technological University’s Start-Up Grant.
Publisher Copyright: © 2017 IAMHIST & Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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