Chinese Culture and China’s Soft Power in Maritime Southeast Asia

Rising China and New Chinese Migrants in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

Unlike previous migrants whose stay was more assimilative and permanent in nature, the current xinyimin are generally more educated and possess greater economic means, and therefore have greater geographical mobility to move out of Southeast Asia or even return to China. As a result, many xinyimin  retain distinct identities, and form communities that maintain close links to China. New Chinese culture has also been introduced to Southeast Asia via these xinyimin and through cultural and educational institutions. Moving our attention to China’s soft power in maritime Southeast Asia, Professor Lourdes M. Tanhueco-Nepomuceno (Confucius Institute, University of the Philippines) will expound on the Confucius Institutes in the Philippines as a form of China’s Educational Diplomacy, while Dr Peter Chang (Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya) will examine xinyimin presence in Malaysia via the Confucius Institute and Xiamen University. Dr Ho Yi Kai (Confucius Institute, Nanyang Technological University), will round off the webinar with his comparison on China’s cultural centre and Singapore’s Chinese cultural centre.

This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.


Lourdes Tanhueco-Nepomuceno, Ph.D., is the Director of the Confucius Institute and Professor at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She has been the President of the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Philippines since 2016. She has held various inter-related capacities in the Philippines for 26 years and in the US for 17 years including Assistant to the Director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Washington, DC., USA.

Peter T. C. Chang, Ph.D., is the deputy director of the Institute of China Studies, University Malaya. Trained in comparative philosophy and religion, he is currently researching China’s rise from the perspective of the Chinese soft power’s impact upon Malaysia and the wider world.

Ho Yi Kai, Singaporean, obtained his BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Peking University as a Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholar, and his MA and PhD in the same field from Nanjing University. His research interest is in Chinese Classical Studies and in Overseas Chinese. He is currently Assistant Director of Confucius Institute, Nanyang Technological University.


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Dec 08 2020


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm