China’s Culture and Its Transformation in Southeast Asia


About the Hybrid Workshop

The term “culture” here is used to refer to Chinese religions (the three organized religions, also popular religions), language, literature, music and performing arts. The study of the above theme is particularly significant as some observers misconceive Chinese culture in Southeast Asia as purely “Chinese”, as if it had not been influenced by local nationalism. In reality, Chinese culture in Southeast Asia is imbued with distinct differences that set apart from mainland China. Nevertheless, the question remains if the rise of China has made the further transformation of local Chinese culture difficult, if not impossible. This workshop aims to examine the following:

• The current status of Chinese religions, language, literature, music and performing arts in Southeast Asia.
• Their local characteristics
• Their position in both local Chinese and non-Chinese local society
• Their problems and prospects.

Scholars from Southeast Asia have been invited to present papers to deal with the above theme. Revised papers would eventually be published as a book.

Please refer to the programme here for further details (updated as of 25 September 2023).


This two-day Workshop will be delivered both online and on-site at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Attending the Event In-person at ISEAS

To join the event in-person at ISEAS, please register via the ISEAS mobile app, available on iOS and Android via the Apple or Play store. Search “ISEAS” to find or scan this QR code.

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Seating capacity is limited. Do register early to avoid disappointment.

Attending the Event Virtually via Webinar

To join the event virtually at the specified date and time using your internet devices, please register via the following links to receive your unique login link for the webinar via the zoom platform.

Day 1 (Thursday, 28 September 2023) – Please register here.

Day 2 (Friday, 29 September 2023) – Please register here.

If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Sep 28 - 29 2023

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ISEAS Seminar Room 1 & 2 / Webinar