Nationalism, National Sovereignty, and The Presence of Xinyimin in Southeast Asia

Rising China and New Chinese Migrants in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

As new Chinese migrants enter and engage with host societies, there have been understandable concerns as to how their activities can affect the social fabric and economic landscape of host countries. There are also questions of how the growing presence of xinyimin will affect the relationship between China and nation states, as well as the nation-building process in these countries. Joining us on the second day to explore such impacts of the xinyimin will be Professor Danny Wong Tze Ken (University of Malaya), who will present on the topic: The Xinyimin Presence in Malaysia: A New Transnational Experience. Dr Tan Teng Phee (former curator, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall) will share about the impacts of xinyimin in Singapore, while Dr Andrew Ong (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute), will explore the entrepreneurial excursions of Chinese migrants in Myanmar.

This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.


Danny Wong Tze Ken, Ph.D., is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya. He is a Professor of History and former Director of the Institute of China Studies.  His research focuses on the Chinese in Malaysia and history of Sabah.

Tan Teng Phee obtained his PhD from the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Western Australia, in 2011. The dissertation, “Behind Barbed Wire: A Social history of Chinese New Villages in Malaya during the Emergency Period (1948–1960)”, was awarded a second prize for the best thesis on Asia, by Asian Studies Association of Australia’s President’s Prize and DK Award in 2012 and published in 2020.

Andrew Ong is a political anthropologist whose work examines insurgent autonomy, political economy, and Chinese migrants in Myanmar. He received his PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University where his dissertation explored the stalemate between the Myanmar state and the country’s largest armed group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA). He is currently working on a project amongst Chinese business communities in Myanmar.


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Dec 08 2020


9:00 am - 10:30 am