Southeast Asia

All Too Graphic

Leaked photographs of colonial atrocities during the Malayan ‘Emergency’ shocked postwar Britain.

Between China and a Hard Place

Mao Zedong once said that Taiwan should be independent, but the Chinese Communist Party has since changed its mind. How Chinese is Taiwan?

The Free Frenchman

A proud, pious aristocrat, loyal to General de Gaulle, Philippe Leclerc found a kindred soul among Britain’s wartime elite.

Railway To Hell

The Thai-Burma railway was built by prisoners of war in appalling conditions. The dead were treated with a dignity denied the living.

Indonesia’s Killing Fields

The story of Indonesia’s anti-Communist coup, the rise to power of a pro-western regime and its murderous aftermath.

Vietnam Before The War

Vietnamese national identity has been forged in opposition to foreign invaders. But while a united Vietnam is a recent development, the country has long been coloniser as well as colonised.

The Opium King

South-East Asia’s ‘Golden Triangle’ dominated the world’s opium production during the 1980s. David Hutt reveals how a young soldier from north Burma took on the United States government to become the region’s most notorious drug lord.