During the Second World War the British Council was unable to conduct many operations in East Asia, the site of some of the biggest conflicts.
After the declaration of peace, our operations in the region expanded, initially in British dependencies such as Australia, Burma and Hong Kong.
In the 1950s, a government review recommended expansion of English language teaching activities in the region. This prompted us to open offices in Thailand and Japan, and by the end of decade we expanded further, opening offices in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Funding changes and political circumstances meant that we have operated in varied circumstances in East Asia; nevertheless we have consistently promoted the teaching and learning of English, fostered collaboration in education and developed cultural exchanges.