This book maps out the state of China Studies in seven Southeast Asian countries from different perspectives. It looks at the history, current status, and characteristics of the study of China in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Myanmar, and what factors shaped the development and prospects of Sinology and Chinese Studies in these countries.
For the first time, China experts from within and outside of this region, using a wide range of biographical, historical, bibliographical and comparative methodologies, tell the stories of how intellectuals and scholars in selected Southeast Asian countries understand, study, and research China. Their studies are providing different perspectives and discourses on China. Chapters discover and explore common factors such as the presence of sizeable ethnic Chinese communities, historical and current interactions between China and Southeast Asia, and the diverse intellectual influences in the region.
A novel insight into the study of China in Southeast Asia, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of China–Southeast Asia relations, the intellectual history of Southeast Asia, the intellectual history of Chinese Studies in the world and the politics of Knowledge production.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: Complicating China through Southeast Asia, Chih-yu Shih 2 China Studies in Southeast Asia: Implications for Sinological Relationality at the Regional Level, Ngeow Chow-Bing and Chih-yu Shih 3 A Glimpse of Agency and Structure in China Studies in the Philippines, Tina S. Clemente 4 Studying China in Indonesia: Adapting to the Future, Natalia Soebagjo 5 From Sinology to Social Critiques: Intellectual Biography of Romo Ignatius Wibowo, SJ, Johanes Herlijanto and Agni Malagina 6 China Knowledge in the Malay-Language Intellectual World: A Bibliographic Essay, Ngeow Chow-Bing and Ling Tek Soon 7 Studies of Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations in Thailand: Three Generations of Thai Scholarship, Sitthiphon Kruarattikan 8 Becoming Sinologists in Vietnam: The Influences of Systematic Training and Cultural Heritage, Chiung-Chiu Huang 9 China Studies in Singapore: Dual Track of Cultural Ballast and Pragmatic Relevance, Henry Chan Hing Lee 10 A Brief Introduction to Burmese Language Publications on China, Khin Khin Kyaw Kyee
Ngeow Chow-Bing is Director of the Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He received his PhD in Public and International Affairs from Northeastearn University, Boston, USA. His research interests include Chinese political reforms and China–Southeast Asia relations.