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China, Indonesia and the Cold War:

What was the Real Role of the Overseas Chinese

The overseas Chinese were an important but highly controversial resource for Beijing’s advancement of its interests abroad. During the Cold War, the Suharto regime institutionalised discrimination against the Chinese minority in Indonesia because it believed that they were used by Beijing to export communist revolution. This talk investigates the veracity of these accusations and the interconnectedness between high diplomacy and the everyday life experiences of the diaspora.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019
7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
National Library Building


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Speaker
Professor Zhou Taomo
specialises in modern Chinese and Southeast Asian history at Nanyang Technological University. She graduated with a Ph.D. in History from Cornell University and has been published in The China Quarterly, the journal Indonesia and The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China. Her first book, Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia and the Cold War (Cornell University Press) will be released in 2019. It demonstrates that migration and the political activism of the overseas Chinese were important historical forces in the making of governmental relations between two of the world's most populous countries between 1945 and 1967.

Discussant
Professor Leo Suryadinata
is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and an Adjunct Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. An eminent scholar on Chinese Indonesians, he has written and edited more than 50 books on issues concerning Southeast Asian Chinese and Indonesian politics.

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Professor Charlotte Setijadi
is an Assistant Professor at the Singapore Management University. Her forthcoming book, Memories of Unbelonging, examines the impact of past instances of anti-Chinese discrimination on contemporary Chinese-Indonesian identities. Her articles have appeared in Asian Survey, Journal of Contemporary China, International Journal of Humanities, and Media Asia.


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