Workshop: The Heritage of Ancient and Urban Sites: Giving Voice to Local Priorities





Workshop: Looking East at Sabah and Sarawak




The Federation of Malaysia was created on 16 September 1963 through the merging of the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak. Where ethnic demographics were concerned, Sabah and Sarawak, with their large native populations, helped to balance Singapore’s predominantly Chinese population. But when the original configuration of the federation broke down in 1965 and Singapore went its own way, the ethnic balance changed dramatically. The Sabahans and Sarawakians now found themselves small minorities within an increasingly Malay Muslim-dominated country. A gradual centralisation of power did in fact ensue, and more than half a century after the merger, Sabah and Sarawak are among the poorest states in the federation. Not only are Bumiputra minorities economically impoverished, they are also politically marginalized and their identities and languages threatened by aggressive assimilation policies implemented by the central power.

The Malaysia Studies Programme (MSP) at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute is pleased to present this one-day forum to discuss the situation of these East Malaysian states. We gather prominent scholars to speak on themes such as the politics and economics of federal-state relations; poverty and human development among the Orang Asal; the emergence and consolidation of Malay Muslim dominance; the social dynamics of the Chinese vote in Sarawak; customary native land rights; bumiputra minorities’ identity formation in the larger context of nation-building; and porous borders and (in)security in Sabah.

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Attendance is free of charge but registration is required. Please register early as seats are limited.
To register, please complete and email the attached Registration Form to <> by 1 December 2015.


Workshop: Chinese in Vietnam – Trends and Developments


This workshop brings together contemporary research on the ethnic Chinese in Vietnam. The papers in this workshop will examine a variety of issues including the dynamic economic position of the ethnic Chinese in the country, their cultural negotiations with the broader community, business networks and tensions, temple rituals, and the impact that the rise of China has had on them. The aim of the workshop is to present research findings, update the existing literature, and to identify further areas of investigation into the lifeworlds of the Vietnamese Chinese.

This event is open for registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

The programme can be found here.

To register, please complete this form and email it to by Wednesday, 6 October 2015.


The Ethnic Chinese of Myanmar: A Multidisciplinary Workshop



With the opening up of Myanmar to foreign researchers over the last decade, more recent empirical research has also emerged concerning the ethnic Chinese of Myanmar. This workshop serves as a platform for reviewing the latest research on the topic from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The workshop covers issues related to political and social history, cultural identity, citizenship and subjectivity, and the impact of the rise of China on the Chinese community. At the same time, the workshop will facilitate networking and the exploration of further collaborative efforts to fill pertinent gaps in research on the Myanmar Chinese.

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Best wishes,

Dr Hui Yew-Foong
Co-coordinator of Workshop & ISEAS Senior Fellow


All registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission to the workshop can only be taken as confirmed upon receiving written acceptance from the Institute.

To register, please complete and email this Registration Form to, latest by Tuesday, 25 August 2015.