Boundaries and Bonds (Media factsheet)

Boundaries and Bonds – An International Conference on Chinese Diaspora (Media factsheet)

Boundaries and Bonds – An International Conference on Chinese Diaspora (Media factsheet) - Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Boundaries and Bonds – An International Conference on Chinese Diaspora (Media factsheet)



Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre is organising its second international conference this October. Bringing together scholars from Singapore and overseas, the session will deepen discourse on the Chinese diaspora.

The Centre will also be inviting new applications for its Chinese Arts and Culture Research Grant and Publication Grant. The application period is from 1 October to 31 December 2021.

About Boundaries and Bonds: An International Conference on Chinese Diaspora

Boundaries and Bonds: An International Conference on Chinese Diaspora gathers professors, researchers, and scholars from universities in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Australia, Brazil, and the United Kingdom to share their research on the Chinese diaspora.

For centuries, the Chinese have traversed oceans and continents, crossing political and social boundaries. Over myriads of migration trajectories, settlement adaptations, and generation variations, they have constantly reconfigured their subjectivities as a group; locally, regionally, and globally. This bilingual international conference will gather scholars to revisit, re-examine, and re-conceptualise the boundaries and bonds of different aspects of the Chinese diaspora.

This conference is jointly organised by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and School of Social Sciences (NTU).

The conference is bilingual. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Date: 2-3 October 2021

Time: 9:00 am

Format: Conference will be held entirely online

Members of the public are welcomed to register to attend the free conference online via Zoom here by 1 Oct 2021.

Please refer to Annex for Conference Programme and List of Speakers


About The Chinese Arts and Culture Research Grant

The Chinese Arts and Culture Research Grant is an initiative introduced by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in 2018. Its goal is to fund research projects on topics related to Chinese identity, art, and culture in Singapore.

About The Publication Grant

The objective of the Publication Grant is to disseminate research on Chinese Singaporean culture conducted by institutes of higher learning, think-tanks, researchers, and academics. This Grant will support publications on topics related to Chinese identity, art, and culture in Singapore.


Timeline For Research & Publications Grant

Start Date for Grant Application  Closing Date for Grant Application Notification of Results Projects Starting On or After
1 October 2021 31 December 2021 March 2022 April 2022


For more information on both grants, you can visit our website here.

About The Organisers

About Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) collaborates with arts and cultural groups and community partners to promote and develop local Chinese culture. By creating innovative and engaging content, we strive to nurture a greater appreciation of our multi-cultural identity and sense of belonging.

Opened by our Patron PM Lee Hsien Loong on 19 May 2017, our Centre located in the heart of Singapore, encourages everyone to connect with our unique Chinese Singaporean culture through exhibitions, fairs, performances, seminars, talks, workshops, and other cultural activities, available both online and at our centre throughout the year.


About Chinese Heritage Centre 

The Chinese Heritage Centre (CHC) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is unique in the world. Founded as a non-profit organisation in 1995 and guided by an international Board of Governors, CHC aims to advance knowledge and understanding of the ethnic Chinese communities in different parts of the globe. Since 2011, CHC has been reconstituted as an autonomous institute of NTU. It has remained self-sustaining, depending on fundraising from private donors and government matching grants.

In a globalising world, CHC functions as a three-in-one institution, serving as a research centre, a library, and a museum. Its work is crucial in three ways:

  • CHC addresses the insufficient public acknowledgment of the tremendous contributions that the Chinese overseas have made to local communities around the
  • CHC stems the tide of gradual identity and cultural detachment among Chinese youths by reconnecting them to their
  • CHC leverages on the strategic location in Singapore at a major research university, at the crossroads of East and West, and at the centre of the greater Chinese diaspora to create, advance, and curate the global body of knowledge concerning the Chinese

About Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and it’s Graduate College. NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine was established jointly with Imperial College London. In 2021, NTU was placed 12th globally in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings and was also ranked the world’s best young university (under 50 years old) by QS for the seventh consecutive year. As a comprehensive university, NTU offers a diverse range of disciplines including public administration and global studies. For more information, please visit:



Conference Programme

Day 1
Time Programme
9:00 am Registration
9:30 am Welcome Address
Professor Guaning SU
Chairman, Board of Governors, Chinese Heritage Centre;
President Emeritus, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

9:45 am

Mr Sze Wee LOW

Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

10:00 –

10:40 am

Keynote Speech (English)
The Prehistory of Diaspora: Revisiting Boundaries in the Study of ChineseMigration
Professor Steven MILES

Head of Division of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science andTechnology

10:45 –

11:25 am

Keynote Speech (Mandarin)

Transnational Flow of Human Capital and the Financial NetworksProfessor Denggao LONG


Director, Centre for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies; Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, China
11:25 –

11:50 am

Photo-taking (Online and offline attendees)


Tea/Coffee Break

12:00 –

12:40 pm

Keynote Speech (Mandarin)


Deciphering the Dynamics and Characteristics of New Chinese Diaspora inSingapore, 2010-2020: Identity, Political Economy, and TransnationalNetwork


Professor Hong LIU

Tan Lark Sye Endowed Chair Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs; Professor, School of Social Sciences; Director, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

12:45 pm Lunch

Panel 1: Identities and ConceptsEnglish)

2:10 –

3:30 pm

Constructing Race and Gender in Southeast Asian Chinese Migration:Chen Da and the Making of Huaqiao Patriarchy


Rachel LEOW

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Modern East Asian History, University ofCambridge, United Kingdom


Revolutionary Cosmopolitanism and its Limits: The ChineseCommunist Party and the Chinese in Singapore, Medan and Jakarta Compared (1945-1949)


Guo Quan SENG

Assistant Professor, History, National University of Singapore


“Finding the Distant Homeland Here”:Contemporary Indonesian Poetry in Chinese



Senior Lecturer, Chinese Studies, The University of Sydney, Australia



Moderator: Taomo ZHOU, Assistant Professor, History, Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity, Singapore

3:30 –

4:00 pm

Tea/Coffee Break

Panel 2: Transnationalism and Governance(Mandarin)

4:00 –

5:35 pm

Building Transboundary Connections:

The Development Strategies of Oversea Chinese Banking CorporationDuring Wartime, 1938-1945



Research Fellow, Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore 


Negotiations between the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and theColonial Government on the Income Tax Ordinance


Qing ZHU

Post-doctorate and Research Fellow, Research School for Southeast AsianStudies, Xiamen University, China


The Charitable Tradition and Cultural Identity of Overseas ChineseJinghua XING

Deputy Director, Center for Chinese Entrepreneurs Studies, Tsinghua University,China


Reenacting “Cultural China” in The Twentieth Century: CommunalFestivals in Emigrant and Overseas Chinese Communities


Chi-cheung CHOI

Adjunct Professor of the History Department at the Chinese University of HongKong, part-time Chair Professor of the History Department of Xiamen University,and Hong Kong Government’s Museum expert advisor (Ethnography)

Moderator: Soon Keong ONG, Assistant Professor, Chinese, NanyangTechnological University, Singapore


Day 2
Time Programme
8:30 am Registration

Panel 3: Terrains and Representation (English)

9:00 – 10:00 am The Post-1978 Chinese Migration to Brazil: the Qiaoxiang Modelsand the Rite of Passage


Changsheng SHU

Associate Professor, Chinese Culture, University of São Paulo, Brazil


Here and There: Hybrid Identity, Dual Engagement, and ICT Useamong Chinese Immigrants in Singapore


Shaohua ZHAN

Associate Professor, Sociology, Nanyang Technological University,Singapore


 The Participation of Malaysian Chinese Women in the Workforce:Traditional Values and Choices


Jee Yin CHIN

PhD student, Faculty of Social Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia

Yee Mun CHIN

Associate Professor, Department of General Studies, Universiti TunkuAbdul Rahman, Malaysia

Hooi San NOEW

Assistant Professor and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia



Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea: The New Generation of ChineseScholars in Singapore


Yiyu CAI

Associate Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 Cheun Hoe YOW

Associate Professor and Head, Chinese, Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity, Singapore 

Jianmin ZHENG

Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering,Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Michael WALSH

Professor and Chair, School of Art, Design and Media, NanyangTechnological University, Singapore


Associate Professor, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China


Xiaoqun WU

Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering,Beijing Technology and Business University, China

Moderator: Jesvin YEO, Associate Professor, School of Art, Design andMedia, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

10:00 – 10:30 am Tea/Coffee Break

Panel 4: Literature and Publications(Mandarin)


10:30 – 12:05 pm Cross-border, Transnationalism, and De-construction of theSubject in Malaysian Chinese Literature within Taiwan

Chongke ZHU

Professor and Head, Department of Chinese, Sun Yat-sen University(Zhuhai), China

Wang Xiaoping: A Returned Overseas Chinese Writer in the Timeof Cold War

Songjian ZHANG

Associate Professor, Chinese, Nanyang Technological University,Singapore

Unattributable Propaganda: On the Pure Literature and Arts Magazine Chao Foon in the Archives of the AsiaFoundation (1955-1970)

Wai Siam HEE

Associate Professor, Chinese, Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity, Singapore

A Historical Discovery: the Dissemination of Lu Xun’s WoodcutTheories in Malaya


Xingcan HU

Post-doctorate, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Moderator: Teng Phee TAN, Chief Researcher, Singapore ChineseChamber of Commerce & Industry

12:10 – 12:25 pm Closing Remarks


Assoc Prof Cheun Hoe YOW

Director, Chinese Heritage Centre; Head, Chinese Department; Director,Centre for Chinese Language & Culture, Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity, Singapore


Keynote Speakers

Steven B. MILES

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

steve miles  Professor Steven B. Miles is the Head ofthe Division of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Since January of 2019, he has served as the

editor-in-chief of the journal, Late ImperialChina. Miles is a sociocultural historian of late imperial China, with chronological emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, geographical expertise in southern China with a thematic focus on migration, cities, and frontiers. He is the author of four books: The Sea of Learning: Mobility and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Guangzhou (Harvard University Asia Center, HUP, 2006),Upriver Journeys: Diaspora and Empire in Southern China, 1570-1850 (Harvard University Asia Center, HUP, 2017), Chinese Diasporas: A Social History of GlobalMigration (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and Opportunity in Crisis: ChineseMigrants and the State in Late Qing China (Harvard University Asia Center, HUP, 2021).Before moving to Hong Kong in 2021, Miles was a professor in the Department of History and the East Asian Studies Program at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Denggao LONG

Tsinghua University, China

long denggao Professor Denggao Long is the ChairProfessor of Economics, School of SocialSciences, Tsinghua University and Chair ofthe Centre for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies,Tsinghua University. He is also an expertadvisory committee member of the OverseasChinese Affairs Office of the State Council;member of the China Economic and SocialCouncil; Vice President of the OverseasChinese History Society of China; member ofAcademic degree Committee, Institute ofEconomics, Chinese Academy of SocialScience; Chief Expert of National SocialScience Fund of China (2010-2017).

He also obtained Laureate of Sun YefangEconomic Science Award 2018; Excellent of Research, First-class, 2007-2010, TheState Council of Overseas Chinese Affair, China; Prize of Humanities and Social Sciences in Higher Education in China, Second Place, 2003, Ministry of Education, China; Prize of Humanities and Social Sciences in Beijing, First-class, 2020.

Hong LIU

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

liu hong Professor Hong Liu is a Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor at the School of Social Sciences and Director of the NanyangCentre for Public Administration, Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity (NTU). He taught previously at Manchester University as Chair Professor of East Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, Singapore and served as Chair of NTU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2011-2017). Professor Liu’s main research areas include Asian governance, Sino-Southeast Asian interactions, and theChinese diaspora. He is an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Chinese Overseas (Brill) and Public Governance in Asia Monograph Series (Routledge). He has published more than 20 books and over 100 articles in the English, Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian languages. His most recent publications include The Political Economy of Transnational Governance: China and Southeast Asia in the 21st Century(forthcoming); Research Handbook on the Belt and RoadInitiative (with Joseph Liow and Gong Xue, forthcoming in 2021); and Changing Dynamics and Mechanisms of Maritime Asia in Comparative Perspectives (with Akita Shigeru and Shiro Momoki, forthcoming in 2021).


Conference Presenters/Contributors

(Listed in order of presentation)


Rachel LEOW

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Rachel Leow is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Modern East Asian History at the University ofCambridge. Her first book, Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia, focused on ethnolinguisticconstructions of Chineseness and Malayness over the

colonial-postcolonial transition in Malaysia; it was published in 2016 and won the 2018 Association for Asian Studies Harry J. Benda Prize. Her work has explored more broadly transregional and transnational connections between China and Southeast Asia, and has been published in academic journals including Itinerario, Journal of World History, Modern Asian History, as well as in literary venues such as the LA Review of Books China Channel and the Mekong Review, and in film.


Guo Quan SENG 

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Guo Quan SENG is an Assistant Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. He is broadly interested in histories of Chinese settlement in Southeast Asia, and specialises in researching the formation of ethnic and gender identities in their encounters with European empires. He is completing a book manuscript titled, Intimate Strangers: Gender and Chinese Moral Boundaries in Colonial Indonesia.



The University of Sydney, Australia

Josh STENBERG is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney, and the author ofMinority Stages: Sino-Indonesian Performance and Public Display.



 National University of Singapore, Singapore

Yan YANG is a research fellow in the Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore. She obtained her PhD in Chinese Studies (Specialisation in History) from the National University of Singaporein 2018, supported by the President’s Graduate Fellowship and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Promising Scholar Award. Her major research interests include the history of Overseas Chinese banking and the history of Chinese medicine in Southeast Asia. She has won Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal & Tan Kah Kee GoldMedal for

undergraduate studies and Lee Foundation Medal for doctoral studies. She has published several articles andbook chapters on the history of Overseas Chinese banks and the history of Chinese medicine in Singapore.


Qing ZHU

 Xiamen University, China

Qing ZHU is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the Research School for Southeast Asian Studies, Xiamen University. His research interest mainly lies in the area of modern Chinese history and Chinese merchant studies, especially the history of the Chinese chambers of commerce in Southeast Asia, the socio-economic history of Fujian and Guangdong, and the economic history of the Strait Settlements.


Jinghua XING

 Tsinghua University, China

Jinghua XING, Doctor of Public Administration, is Deputy Director of the Center for Chinese Entrepreneurs Studies, Tsinghua University. She is a member of the editorial board of Huaren Yanjiu Guoji Xuebao (International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies). She is a committee member on the Party History Research and Party Affairs Committee of the Central Committee of the China Zhi Gong Party, Deputy Director of the Overseas Chinese Committee of Beijing Committee of China Zhi Gong Party, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowof History and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy with Peking University. She is the first batch of experts in the Think Tank of Beijing Overseas Chinese Federation.


Chi-cheung CHOI

 Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Chi-cheung Choi is an Adjunct Professor of the History Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, part-time Chair Professor of the History Department of Xiamen University, and Hong Kong Government’s Museum expert advisor (Ethnography). He received his doctoral degree from the University of Tokyo. He has published on Chinese festivals and popular religion, family and lineage, and business history.


Changsheng SHU

 University of São Paulo, Brazil

Chang-sheng SHU is an Associate Professor of Chinese Culture of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He graduated from Fudan University in 1989, received a Masters Degree of Economics in 1998 from Federal University of Fluminense (UFF, Brazil) and Doctorate Degree in History from UFF (2002). His main interestsinclude modern and contemporary Chinese History; history of Sino-Brazilian Relations; Chinese immigration to Brazil. He has published two books on contemporary Chinese History (both in Portuguese): A História da China Popular no Século XX (Rio de Janeiro, Editora FGV, 2012); Os Intelectuais Chineses e o Regime Maoista, 1956-1957 (Curitiba, Editora Appris, 2019).


Shaohua ZHAN

 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Shaohua ZHAN is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Hisresearch interests include international migration, land politics, food security, and rural transformations with a focus on China and other East Asian nations. His current research compares Chinese and Indian Immigrants in Singapore, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Another research project examines food politics in China and its global implications. He is the author of The Land Question in China: Agrarian Capitalism, Industrious Revolution, and East Asian Development (Routledge, 2019). His recent articles on Chinese immigrants include “PrecariousTalent: Highly Skilled Chinese and Indian Immigrants in Singapore” (Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol.43, no.9, 2020) and “New Dynamics of Multinational Migration: Chinese and Indian Migrants in Singapore and LosAngeles.” (Geographical Research vol.58, no.4, 2020).


Jee Yin CHIN

 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia

Jee Yin CHIN is a lecturer in Journalism in Chinese Media at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Science, UTAR. She graduated with a bachelor degree in Information Technology (System Science and Management) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She obtained a Master of Economics at University of Malaya. She worked as a financial journalist at Oriental Daily, Merdekareview andNanyang Siang Pau.


Yee Mun CHIN

 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia

Associate Professor Yee Mun CHIN is an Associate Professor at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. He graduated with a bachelor degree in Anthropology and Sociology from University of Malaya in 1998. Hecontinued his studies in University of Malaya and was awarded a Master of Art degree in 2001. In 2013, he completed his PhD. studies. Due to his interest in research related to ethnic relations and Malaysian Chineseculture, he was involved in several research projects in these areas. Outputs from his research were presented in conferences and published in journalsand magazines. He had also authored and co-authored books.


Hooi San NOEW

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia

Hooi San NOEW is Assistant Professor and Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. Her primary research interest is on organisational communication and interculturalcommunication.


Yiyu CAI

 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Yiyu CAI is an Associate Professor in School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and is in charge of the Computer-aided Engineering Lab, and the Strategic Research Program of Virtual Reality and Soft Computing. He received multi-disciplinary training with a BSc in Mathematics, a MSc in Computer Graphics and CAD, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He and his students are doing interdisciplinary research in Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and their applications inEngineering, Medicine, Education as well as Cultural Heritage. In addition to around 200 journal articles and 10 books published, he co-edited a special issue on Virtual Reality for Culture and Heritage with the journalPresence (MIT Press).


Cheun Hoe YOW

 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Cheun Hoe YOW is an Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University, where he is Head of the Program of Chinese, Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre, and Director of the Centre for Chinese Language and Culture. He is a chief editor for Huaren Yanjiu Guoji Xuebao (International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies) and a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Chinese Overseas. His academic interests and areas include Chinese migrants and diaspora, qiaoxiang (Overseas Chinese homelands) ties, and diasporic Chinese literature. He was a Fulbright scholar, visiting the Centre for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California San Diego, 2013; China Central Normal University; His books are Yimin guiji he lisanlunshu: Xin Ma huaren zuqun de chongceng mailuo (Migration Trajectories and Diasporic Discourses: MultiplesContexts of Ethnic Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia)(Shanghai Sanlian Shudia, 2014); Guangdong and Chinese Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of Qiaoxiang (London & New York: Routledge, 2013); His articlesappear in important journals such as

Journal of Contemporary China, Modern Asian Studies, Asian Ethnicity, Cross-Cultural Studies, ChangjiangXueshu, and Waiguo Wenxue Yanjiu. He is a member of the International Society of the Study of Chinese Overseas; Tan Kah Kee International Society; Member; Tan Kah Kee Foundation. He is President of theSingapore Society of Asian Studies.

Jianmin ZHENG

 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Jianmin ZHENG is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his BSc and PhD in Mathematics from Zhejiang University, China. His research interests include Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Reality Computing, etc.


Michael WALSH

 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Michael WALSH is a Professor and the Chair of School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Before joining NTU in 2011, he was employed at Eastern Mediterranean University (Famagusta, Cyprus) where he successfully nominated Famagusta for inclusion in the World Monuments FundWatch List (twice) and acted as team coordinator for the United Nations project “Cultural Heritage Data Collection in the northern part of Cyprus”. He has also edited and co-edited four books on the cultural history and heritage protection of Famagusta. His research falls under the umbrella term ‘Conflict and Culture’ and can be subdivided into three main categories: (1) British (and imperial) cultural production in the first two decades of the 20th century (especially in relation to the Great War); (2) Heritage in Conflict and Post-conflict Zones: Famagusta, Cyprus; and (3) Twentieth century music biography (with an emphasis on protest and pacifism).



 Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China

Xiao ZHANG is an Associate Professor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China. He received his Doctor of Information and Media Science from The University of Paris VIII, France. Currently, he is researcher ofChaire UNESCO Innovation transmission et édition numérique, as well as researcher of La fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme in France. He has participated in and completed a number of major scientific research projects of UNESCO, French Ministry of Culture, French Ministry of Education, Chinese Ministry of Culture, Chinese Ministry of Education and Chinese Ministry of Finance.Part of his research work is published in leading journals indexed in SCI, EI, and CSSCI. He has also published three monographs in China SocialScience Literature Press. He is sitting in an SCI journal editorial board and serving as reviewers for several SCI journals. His research interests include digital communication of cultural heritage, cross-cultural communication of overseas Chinese youth, virtual-augmented reality, digital media application and development. He is a member of Guangzhou Overseas Returned Scholars Association, and a member of Guangdong Overseas Chinese History Society.


Xiaoqun WU

Beijing Technology and Business University, China

Xiaoqun WU is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, BeijingTechnology and Business University, China. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from Zhejiang University, China, in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2014. Her research focuses on computer graphics and digital geometry processing and applications. She has published several research papers in refereed journals and conferences.


Chongke ZHU

 Sun Yat-sen University, China

Chongke ZHU is a Professor and the Head of Department of Chinese, Sun Yat-sen University (Zhuhai). He received his PhD in 2005 from the National University of Singapore. He taught in Department of Chinese, Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou), from 2005-2011, and School of Asia-Pacific Studies, from 2011 to 2016. Hismonographs include Bentu xing de jiuge: bianyuanfangzhu, “Nanyang” xugou, bentu misi《本土性的纠葛:边缘放逐∙南“洋”虚构∙本土迷思》; Zhanglide kuanghuan: Lun Lu Xun ji qi laizhe zhi gushi xinbian xiaoshuo zhong de zhuti jieru《张力的狂欢:论鲁迅及其来者之故事新编小说中的主体介入》Kaogu wenxue “Nanyang”: Xin Ma huawen wenxue yu bentuxing 《考古文学“南洋”:新马华文文学与本土性》;Shengti yishi xingtai: LunHanyu Changbiao (1990-) zhong de libiduo shijian ji zaixian 《身体意识形态:论汉语长篇(1990- ) 中的力比多实践及再现》; Lu Xun xiaoshuo zhong de huayu xinggou《鲁迅小说中的话语形构》; Huayu bijiao wenxue: Wentiyishi ji piping shijian 《华语比较文学:问题意识及批评实践》;Guangzhou Lu Xun 《广州鲁迅》;Chumo yuweishi de jiqing yu jiaolu《触摸鱼尾狮的激情与焦虑》: Yecao wen xin quan《(野草)文本心诠》; Mahua Wenxue 12 jia 《马华文学12家》. He has publishedmore than 200 papers in Wenxue Pinglun《文学评论》, Waiguo Wenxue Pinglun《外国文学评论》, WenyiYanjiu《文艺研究》.


Songjian ZHANG

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Songjian ZHANG is an Associate Professor at the School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University,Singapore. Zhang’s research areas include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Southeast Asian Chinese-language literature, critical theory, and East-West comparative literature. Zhang has extensively written about the above areas; so far he has six solely authored monographs published.


Wai Siam HEE

 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Wai-Siam HEE is an Associate Professor of Chinese at the School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University. He has published four scholarly single-authored monographs and co-edited three academicbooks. He is the author of Remapping the Sinophone: The Cultural

Production of Chinese-language Cinema in Singapore and Malaya Before and During the Cold War (HongKong University Press, English and Chinese versions), Post-Malaysian

Chinese-language Film: Accented Style, Sinophone and Auteur Theory and From Amorous Histories toSexual Histories: Tongzhi Writings and the Construction of Masculinities in Late Qing and Modern China (National Central University Press). His co-edited academic books include Transnational Chinese Cinema: Corporeality, Desire and the Ethics of Failure (Los Angeles: Bridge21 Publications) and Memorandum: A Sinophone Singaporean Short Story Reader (English and Chinese versions).


Xingcan HU

Sun Yat-sen University, China

Xingcan HU is a post-doctoral fellow in Sun Yat-sen University. His research field is Chinese literature inSingapore and Malaysia.



Conference Committee


 Assoc Prof Cheun Hoe YOW

Director, ChineseHeritage Centre Head, Chinese

Director, Centre for Chinese Language and Culture, School of Humanities Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity, Singapore

Asst Prof Soon Keong ONG

Chinese, School of Humanities

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Asst Prof Taomo ZHOU

History, School of Humanities

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Dr Huimei ZHANG

Research Fellow, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration and Chinese Heritage Centre NanyangTechnological University, Singapore


Ms Frederica LAI

Senior Assistant Manager, Chinese Heritage Centre Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity, Singapore


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