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Southeast Asian Studies in China

Saw Swee-Hock and John Wong

Publication Year: 2006

This book, a project of the ASEAN-China Study Programme of ISEAS, is designed to promote a better understanding between the people of the two regions as China continues to exert a dominant political and economic presence in Southeast Asia. Needless to say, scholars and academics from both sides have a significant role to play in terms of creating greater awareness of each other through research, workshops, and conferences. Whilst many universities and research institutes in the ASEAN region are conducting studies on various aspects of China, it is equally important for the Chinese counterparts to be fully engaged in Southeast Asian Studies in order to deepen their knowledge of the region for mutual benefit. The book traces the development of Southeast Asian Studies in China, discusses the current status of these studies, examines the problems encountered in the pursuit of these studies, and attempts to evaluate their prospects in the years ahead.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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The Contributors

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pp. vii-x

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pp. xi-xii

Under the same Programme, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and the East Asian Institute (EAI) of the National University of Singapore organized the Conference on Southeast Asian Studies in China: Challenges and Prospects on 12–14 January 2006. The three-day conference was divided into two...

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1. A Review of Southeast Asian Studies in China

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pp. 1-7

With fast developing relations between China and ASEAN there is a growing need for both regions to better understand each other as their political and economic interests become increasingly interwoven. Of course, the rise of China has long attracted much academic interest in the country from all over...

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2. Changing Academic Challenges of the Southeast Asian Studies Field in China

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pp. 8-29

This chapter reviews the development of China’s Southeast Asian Studies since the 1950s, especially after the late 1970s. It also examines profiles of major Southeast Asian research centres in China and identifies their changing research focus. In doing so, we attempt to capture the changes in the field...

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3. Southeast Asianists in China in the Last Three Decades: A Preliminary Survey

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pp. 30-53

Although the history of Southeast Asian Studies in China started prior to World War II, it began to develop only after the war. During the initial period, there was not much progress as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) had just been established and ideological issues were still dominant...

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4. The State of Southeast Asian Studies in China: An Institutional Interpretation

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pp. 54-74

As a region that is historically deeply intertwined with China, Southeast Asia is a natural focus of the Chinese state and its scholarly community. Rather than a comprehensive historical survey of Southeast Asian Studies (hereafter SEAS) in China, our survey will seek to advance an institutional interpretation...

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5. Overview of Teaching Programmes and Curriculum Development on Southeast Asia in China

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pp. 75-86

This conference focusing on Southeast Asian Studies in China provides us with a very good opportunity to review the historical evolution and status of China’s Southeast Asian Studies with many representatives from almost every institution in China concerned with Southeast Asian Studies. Talking about...

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6. From “Sino-Centricity” to “Autonomous Narrative” in Southeast Asian Chinese Studies in China: A Sporadic Review

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pp. 87-101

More than two decades ago, a delegation of Australian historians and social scientists led by Professor Wang Gungwu visited universities, centres, and institutes in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to find out more about the state of Southeast Asian Studies in the country. The curiosity was generated...

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7. Southeast Asian Studies in Yunnan: Achievements, Challenges and Outlook

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pp. 102-117

Yunnan, a frontier province, shares border with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam with a total boundary line of 4,060 kilometres, of which 1,997 km is with Myanmar, 710 km with Laos and another 1,353 km with Vietnam. It is adjacent to Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore with the linkage of...

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8. Southeast Asian Studies in China and Taiwan: A Comparative Perspective

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pp. 118-133

Southeast Asia is closely linked with the Chinese society, not only because of a great number (more than thirty million) of ethnic Chinese in the region but also because of its multilateral connections with China. Historically speaking, China and Southeast Asia started interactions which could be traced back to...

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9. Understanding the Chinese Overseas: Changing Themes and Evolving Approaches

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pp. 134-171

Nearly thirty-five million ethnic Chinese now live outside mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Known collectively as “Chinese overseas”, they are a crucial force in the socio-economic transformations of modern China and the countries they reside and in the processes of cross-national...

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10. South China Sea Studies in China: A Legal Perspective

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pp. 172-191

The South China Sea is categorized as semi-enclosed sea under the general definition set down in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (the LOS Convention). Article 122 of the convention defines “enclosed or semi-enclosed sea” as “a gulf, basin, or sea surrounded by two or more States...


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pp. 193-204

E-ISBN-13: 9789812306548
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812304049

Page Count: 204
Publication Year: 2006

Edition: 1

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  • Southeast Asia -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- China -- Congresses.
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