Challenges and Opportunities of New Chinese Migrants and Investments in Southeast Asia

Rising China and New Chinese Migrants in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

Local’s perceptions of xinyimin have been varied across Southeast Asian countries. While some view xinyimin as economic competition and a source for social and cultural friction, others see xinyimin and the related Chinese investment as an economic opportunity. Zooming in on such local perceptions of xinyimin, Ms Teresita Ang-See (Kaisa Para Sa Kunlaran) will expound on the issues and challenges of xinyimin in the Philippines, Dr Johanes Herlijanto (University of Pelita Harapan) will speak on the Pribumi elites’ perceptions of new Chinese migrants in Indonesia, while Dr Vannarith Chheang (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute) will explore the Cambodian view of Chinese language and China.

This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.


Teresita Ang See has done research on the Chinese in the Philippine Life, presented papers in international conferences and journals. She published five volumes of The Chinese in the Philippines – Problems and Perspectives. She was past President of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas and served as its Secretary-Treasurer for a decade.

Johanes Herlijanto received a joint PhD in Anthropology from Macquarie University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He teaches at the Department of Communication, Pelita Harapan University, Jakarta. From 2016 to 2017, Johanes was visiting fellow at ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, where he researched on the perception of China, and of Chinese Indonesians, among the ‘Pribumi’ Indonesian elites.

Chheang Vannarith, Ph.D., is a public policy analyst with over a decade of research and practical experience in geopolitical and political economic analysis focusing on Southeast Asia. He is currently a visiting fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and President of the Asian Vision Institute (AVI)- an independent think tank based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He received his BA in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan, Leadership Certificate from the East West Center, and Doctor of Philosophy in Asia Pacific Studies from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan.


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Dec 07 2020


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm