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Episode 28 - The Southeast Asian Peninsular Games

Simon Creak

Sport and politics were deeply entwined in Southeast Asia during the Cold War.

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Sport and politics were deeply entwined in Southeast Asia during the Cold War. Simon Creak (University of Melbourne), historian of modern Southeast Asia, discusses the founding of the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games (SEAP). In 1959, the first SEAP Games brought together a mixed group of both anti-communist countries—Thailand, Singapore, South Vietnam, and Malaya (not Malaysia)—and communist countries—Burma and Kampuchea (now Cambodia). Tensions simmered under the surface between the organizer of the event, Thailand, and its regional rivals of Burma and Kampuchea.

Simon Creak is the author of Embodied Nation: Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos.

Image: The Thai representative at the 1959 SEAP Games.

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