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Footfalls echo in the memory : a life with the Colonial Education Service and the British Council in Asia

Author: Verner Courtenay Bickley
Publisher: London ; New York : Radcliffe ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
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The Education Service was a vital sector of the British Colonial Service while the British Council has been paramount in promoting the English language and culture overseas. But are both agents of colonialism and neo-colonialism? Or simply altruistic conveyors of language and culture to a wider world?  Verner Bickley as an Education Officer in British Colonial Service in Singapore and as British Council officer in  Read more...
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Biography
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Bickley, Verner Courtenay.
Footfalls echo in the memory.
London ; New York : Radcliffe ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
Named Person: Verner Courtenay Bickley; Verner Courtenay Bickley
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Verner Courtenay Bickley
ISBN: 9781848850859 1848850859
OCLC Number: 650214386
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 314 p.) : ill.
Responsibility: Verner C. Bickley.

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The Education Service was a vital sector of the British Colonial Service while the British Council has been paramount in promoting the English language and culture overseas. But are both agents of colonialism and neo-colonialism? Or simply altruistic conveyors of language and culture to a wider world?  Verner Bickley as an Education Officer in British Colonial Service in Singapore and as British Council officer in Burma, Indonesia and Japan, shows how cultural values were uppermost and important in themselves though the medium of the near-universal English language, and vital for technical training. Bickley's service was set against a backdrop of political turbulence after World War II, colonial independence movements and the emergence of Japan as an economic powerhouse. This personal account of his career is enlivened by a succession of meetings with diverse personalities, including royalty, British and Thai, as well as writers like Anthony Burgess, Graham Greene and Willis Hall and actors such as Donald Sinden, Patrick Stewart and Max Adrian.

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