During a brief period in the Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia, Malaya, including Singapore, was administratively placed with Sumatra under Japan’s 25th Army. From 28 March 1942 to April 1943, the two territories that had been separated by British and Dutch colonial rule since the mid-nineteenth century were considered one territory. This article explores how Malay intellectuals, through articles written in the magazine Fajar Asia, took advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to strive for a Malaya-Sumatra and Malaya-Indonesia community. This article will analyse the various wartime imaginings of a joint archipelagic community within the pages of Fajar Asia and highlight tensions within this project which resulted in an impasse as to how such a unity should or could be achieved.

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Keywords Fajar Asia, Japanese occupation, Malay archipelago, Malay language, Malaya, newspapers, Second World War, Za’ba
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649373.2017.1350501, hdl.handle.net/1765/102186
Journal Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
Citation
Manickam, S.K. (Sandra Khor). (2017). Wartime imaginings of an archipelagic community: Fajar Asia and the quest for peninsula Malayan and Indonesian unity. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 18(3), 347–363. doi:10.1080/14649373.2017.1350501