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VIDEOS: Vintage Southeast Asia in the British Pathe Archive

Written by Mong Palatino On 14 May 2014 @ 14:05 pm | No Comments

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British Pathé, a media company which produced films from 1910 until 1970 in the United Kingdom, has uploaded [1] more than 80,000 historic news clips to its YouTube channel. Its archives [2] also included numerous films that featured countries in the Southeast Asian region. Many of these films are valuable resource that could teach us a lot about the region’s recent past and even the present. Below are some of the interesting videos we found in the British Pathé collection [3]:

1. Invasion of Laos [4] in 1953.

2. Manila retaken [5] by Allied Forces in 1945. After the war, Manila was the second most devastated city in the world after Warsaw.

3. Water Festival in Burma [6] (Myanmar) in 1946. It seems water splashing today was as rowdy and fun as before.

4. Indonesia's Independence Day [7] celebration in 1945.

5. Bangkok street rally [8] in 1940. Compared to some of the street demonstrations in the present, the rally in this video was peaceful and orderly.

6. A school in Hanoi [9], Vietnam in 1973. See the bomb shelters near the end of the video.

7. New Year [10] in Vietnam in 1949

8. Cambodia [11] in 1969.

9. Singapore election [12] in the 1950s. After 1959, elections in Singapore have been dominated by only one party, the party founded by Lee Kuan Yew.

10. Manila flood [13] in 1960. Flooding is still a major problem in Manila today.

11. Kuala Lumpur [14], Malaysia in the 1950s.

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[1] uploaded: http://britishpathe.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/british-pathe-releases-85000-films-on-youtube/

[2] archives: http://www.britishpathe.com/pages/about

[3] collection: https://www.youtube.com/user/britishpathe

[4] Laos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgyJhD1B410

[5] retaken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeTXx2vYgfA

[6] Burma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btYD2wzgwFM

[7] Independence Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEjN5wnHoDs

[8] street rally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF1Nn6nYZvM

[9] Hanoi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFIbfFe7Ksw

[10] New Year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RydS_RCK5QU

[11] Cambodia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CllEj9J29YE

[12] election: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udHKsVVkOtQ

[13] flood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjY3ff5iCAY

[14] Kuala Lumpur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxNBQZgditE

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