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Organized Panel Session

2 - Students and their teachers: The Malayan Communist Youth League in the 1930s

Friday, July 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Chinar, First Floor

The pre-war Malayan Communist Party (MCP) was an organization consisting predominantly of Chinese immigrants. The party mainly focused on propaganda efforts among the Chinese communities. However, the MCP only was able to gain significant support at the time of the Japanese occupation during the World War Two, when it led the anti-Japanese resistance, thus drawing the Chinese, including locally born young adults, to the party.


This paper looks at the Malayan Communist Youth League’s mobilization efforts in Chinese schools in Singapore in the 1930s in the context of the educational policy of Guomindang, as well as Guomindang’s policy in Southeast Asia, and China National Salvation efforts, among the Chinese communities. Drawing on the Comintern archives as well as literary and historical materials (wenshi ziliao), the paper shows that the communists attracted a following despite and not because of MCP propaganda.

Anna Belogurova

Free University Berlin, Germany

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