Understanding China’s New Migrants and the Politics of Chinese Language in Southeast Asia

Rising China and New Chinese Migrants in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

Who are the xinyimin, and how are they different from their predecessors? How do their impacts differ from previous generations of Chinese migrants, especially against the backdrop of a rising China? What is Beijing’s policy towards the Chinese overseas in general and towards xinyimin in particular? Starting this discussion on rising China and China’s new migrants will be Professor Leo Suryadinata (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute), who will be sharing his work on the rise of China and xinyimin in maritime Southeast Asia. Dr Neo Peng Fu (Confucius Institute, Nanyang Technological University) will speak about the Confucius Institutes and the teaching of Mandarin in Southeast Asia.

This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.


Leo Suryadinata, Ph.D., is currently Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore). Formerly Professor in the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore (NUS). He has published extensively on Southeast Asian Politics, ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia and China-ASEAN relations. His latest book: The Rise of China and the Chinese Overseas (2017).

Neo Peng Fu, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at the National Institute of Education (Singapore) and Director of the Confucius Institute at Nanyang Technological University. He was an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore from 2000 to 2009. A historian by training, he publishes in two main areas: Chinese classics and language-in-education policy (with special reference to Chinese language teaching and learning in Singapore). His detailed publication list could be accessed at: https://www.nie.edu.sg/profile/neo-peng-fu


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Dec 07 2020


9:00 am - 10:30 am