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LIFE AS THE RIVER FLOWS LIFE AS THE RIVER FLOWS
Women in the Malayan Anti-Colonial Struggle
Interviews and Introduction by Agnes Khoo

From 1949 some 100,000 British troops were involved in a twelve year long war against Communists who fought to end the British presence in their country. This is the first book to tell the story of the women involved in the anti-colonial movement in Malaya.

Khoo draws on interviews to tell women's stories:

Their hopes for a new society
Changing lives and new relations with men
Involvement in armed struggles

"This book is about how ordinary people like you and me have tried to achieve the extraordinary ... it is as much about hopes and aspirations as about dreams and dilemmas. It is especially a book full of love, told in many different ways..." Agnes Khoo


"Agnes Khoo has brought us not only a series of poignant and moving life stories; she has opened a path back to a forgotten history. Her book ensures that the traces of so much heroism and hope will not be covered over by the indifference of time." Prof. Sheila Rowbotham

'Agnes Khoo devoted five years to conducting interviews in the jungle, and then another two years completing the research for her doctorate at the University of Manchester. Khoo's own tenacity has succeeded in bringing to us - and particularly to the people of Malaysia and Singapore - a remarkable and valuable alternative history of the anti-colonial and revolutionary struggles of the region.' Socialist History

This refreshingly straightforward book mostly lets the narrators speak for themselves, but what sociologist Khoo has to say about the process of oral history is also very interesting. Khoo spent five years living amongst and interviewing ex-guerilla fighters in southern Thailand, including the sixteen women featured here. Oral History Review

'Agnes Khoo devoted five years to conducting interviews in the jungle. Khoo's own tenacity has succeeded in bringing to us - and particularly to the people of Malaysia and Singapore - a remarkable and valuable alternative history of the anti-colonial and revolutionary struggles of the region.' Journal of 20th Century Communism

ISBN. 9780850365634

2007 paperback

Published February 2007


Price:16.95