Arc of Containment recasts the history of American empire in Southeast and East Asia from World War II through the end of American intervention in Vietnam. Setting aside the classic story of anxiety about falling dominoes, Wen-Qing Ngoei articulates a new regional history premised on strong security and sure containment guaranteed by Anglo-American cooperation. Ngoei argues that anticommunist nationalism in Southeast Asia intersected with preexisting local antipathy toward China and the Chinese diaspora to usher the region from European-dominated colonialism to US hegemony.
Featuring Wen-Qing Ngoei, Nanyang Technological University
Moderated by Lien-Hnag Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University
Hosted by Center for International History and Weatherhead East Asian Institute.