Rising China and its Impact on the Ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia


About the Webinar

The ethnic Chinese have worked and settled in countries of Southeast Asia for several hundred years. Most of them are citizens and see their future as belonging to their country of citizenship. However, not all of them have been fully accepted in Southeast Asian nations where models of nation have been mainly, with the exception of Singapore, indigenous-based. The situation has become more complex after the rise of China at the beginning of the 21st century when it introduced a new overseas Chinese policy which blurs the distinction between Chinese nationals and foreign nationals of Chinese descent. The policy coincides with the wave of new Chinese migrants to the West and Southeast Asia.

China’s recent outreach has posed a challenge to nation-building in Southeast Asia where the position of the ethnic Chinese is already complex. Many states in the region have responded to the developments by increasing political participation of the local Chinese. Attempts have also been made to strengthen local identity so that they have a stronger sense of belonging to their adopted country. In this webinar, Professor Leo Suryadinata will discuss the position of the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore, their similarities and differences, and the impact of a rising China and new Chinese migrants on the process of nation-building in the region.

About the Speaker

Professor Leo Suryadinata is currently Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He was formerly Professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. He has published extensively on Southeast Asian politics, ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia and China-ASEAN relations. His latest book is The Rise of China and the Chinese Overseas (ISEAS Publications, 2017).


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Feb 22 2021


3:00 pm - 4:15 pm