The press and its media do not only reflect the societies that produce them, they are also vehicles mobilized by institutions of power to shape society and cultures. This panel explores the historical and political implications and the significance of journalism throughout mainland Southeast Asia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The subjects explored in this panel span depictions of Hitler and the Third Reich in Thailand from 1938-1944, proper morality for women in Cambodia from 1955-1970, coverage of sportswomen and nationalism in 1960s Burma, and current issues facing media misinformation about COVID-19 in Myanmar. The papers on this panel reveal that gender identities, anti-fascism, nationalism, and public health in mainland Southeast Asian states have been shaped by news coverage and the press to fulfill state and other agendas. The research on this panel covers a wide range of disciplines and time periods across multiple Southeast Asian countries. Nonetheless, the papers are cohesive as they speak to the importance of the press in determining outcomes for governments and people.
Paper Presenter: Nicole Loring – Rivier University
Paper Presenter: JoAnn LoSavio – Washington State University
Paper Presenter: Trude Jacobsen – Northern Illinois University
Paper Presenter: Kanjana Thepboriruk – Northern Illinois University